Jet Air­ways flight aborted af­ter bomb scare

A pas­sen­ger on board spot­ted a bomb threat scrib­bled on the flight safety brochure tucked be­hind the pas­sen­ger seat

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Soub­hik Mi­tra

MUM­BAI: A Kuwait-bound Jet Air­ways flight had to abort take-off at the last mo­ment on Satur­day night af­ter a flier on board spot­ted a note warn­ing of a bomb on the plane. The warn­ing, how­ever, turned out to be a hoax. A Jet Air­ways spokesper­son con­firmed the scare.

Ac­cord­ing to air­port sources, the flight 9W 574 had barely be­gun tax­ing to­wards the run­way when a pas­sen­ger on board spot­ted a bomb threat scrib­bled on the flight safety brochure tucked be­hind the pas­sen­ger seat. The pas­sen­ger im­me­di­ately re­ported the mat­ter to the cabin crew.

Ac­cord­ing to stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dure, the cap­tain re­ported the scare to the air traf­fic con­trol (ATC) tower, which then asked the cock­pit crew to abort take-off and taxi the air­craft to an iso­lated park­ing bay.

“Jet Air­ways flight 9W 574 from Mum­bai to Kuwait re­turned to the park­ing bay af­ter push back at Mum­bai air­port

at 10.30 pm on Novem­ber 28 owing to a se­cu­rity alert. All 159 guests and seven crew dis­em­barked with­out any in­ci­dent, and were taken to the air­port ter­mi­nal. Af­ter a thor­ough search by se­cu­rity agen­cies, the air­craft was cleared for on­ward journey. The flight de­parted for Kuwait at 04.20 am on Novem­ber 29,” the spokesper­son said.

The hoax call comes a day af­ter the Thane po­lice ar­rested a per­son from Mad­hya Pradesh for mak­ing a hoax call to an Air In­dia call cen­tre in Thane. The caller, a 20-yearold, claimed to be a mem­ber of the In­ter-ser­vices In­tel­li­gence (ISI), Pak­istan’s in­tel­li­gence agency, and warned of a Kan­da­har-style hi­jack threat. When asked, he said that he had done it for fun, the po­lice said.

All the dozen-odd threat calls recorded by the city air­port this year were hoax calls. Worse, six were prank calls, said air­port staff.

While some of these calls were made to air­line call cen­tres, a few of them com­prised mes­sages scrib­bled with lip­stick on a toi­let mir­ror or a Twit­ter prank, said air­port of­fi­cials. “A few ter­ror alerts are is­sued by se­cu­rity agen­cies to gauge air­port es­tab­lish­ments’ re­ac­tion time to such an emer­gency. The pro­ce­dures for alerts are broadly split be­tween spe­cific and non­spe­cific,” said a for­mer offi cial with the Bureau of Civil Avi­a­tion Se­cu­rity (BCAS).

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