BOMB THREATS AND A BALLOON TRIGGER AIR SCARES IN DELHI
NEW DELHI: A slew of bomb threats forced airport authorities in Delhi and Bangalore t o ground t hree fl i ghts on Wednesday, while authorities in the Capital were scouring the skies following reports of a “suspicious” balloon hovering over the airport area.
More than 250 passengers on Air India flight AI- 215 that was to leave at 1.15pm and Jet Airways flight 9W260 scheduled to depart at 1.25pm were evacuated in Delhi after three anonymous phone calls warned police that there were bombs on the Kathmandu-bound planes.
The incident comes on the heels of the same Jet Airways flight being delayed on Monday by six hours following a bomb threat call that was a hoax.
While the aircraft were being searched on Wednesday, a fourth call was received, giving details of baggage containing “liquid explosives”, which led to further scrutiny of luggage and holdups.
“We would have loaded the baggage, but after this call, bags were taken to the terminal for further scanning,” said a senior officer of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
According to a senior police officer, a caller identifying himself as Hafiz Azad from Istanbul in Turkey said two bombs in laptops had been planted on the two flights. The three calls came within 10 minutes, the first at 1.05pm and the third at 1.15pm.
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