Bomb, hijack fears ground Mum-Del...
The crew informed the pilot about the same and he contacted the air traffic control. The plane was then diverted and landed at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International airport here around 3.45 am.
The Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad, the deputy commissioner of police and his team, Ahmedabad crime branch officials and other specialised teams reached the spot immediately.
Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI said, “At 3.34 am, the pilot of the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight informed ATC, Ahmedabad, that there were hijackers and explosives on board. When the pilot expressed his desire to land in Ahmedabad, the ATC allowed priority landing of the aircraft. There were a total of 115 passengers and seven crew members on board.”
“The aerodrome committee soon assembled at the airport and after conducting thorough security checks of passengers, aircraft and cargo, the flight was cleared for Delhi. The Ahmedabad city police have taken cognisance of the incident and have initiated an investigation,” Gangal noted.
According to police sources, the noted was in both Urdu and English. “Salla used Google converter to write in Urdu,” they said.
ACP of Special Operations Group of Crime, BC Solanki, who is investigating the case, said the note was printed on an A4-sized paper.
“CCTV camera showed five passengers, including Salla, using the lavatory from where the note was found. Salla was our main suspect because he was involved in a similar incident a few years ago, when he had claimed to have a cockroach in the food served on board,” Solanki said.
Interestingly, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju took to Twitter and asked all airlines to ban the hoax caller who disrupted the flight. “I am advising the airlines to put him (person responsible) on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action,” Raju tweeted.