Dummy stun grenade found on PM’s standby plane


A dummy stun grenade was found on­board an Air In­dia Boe­ing 747 air­craft, one of two standby planes for Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s re­cent US visit. As it turned out, the fake grenade had been used by the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard (NSG) for an ‘air­craft in­ter­ven­tion drill’ a day after the Prime Min­is­ter’s de­par­ture, when the plane was re­leased for com­mer­cial use and flown to Mumbai.

But given that such a lapse took place on an air­craft that was to serve as a re­place­ment for Air In­dia One if the need arose, the in­ci­dent has ex­posed a gap­ing hole in the coun­try’s avi­a­tion safety.

After its re­lease to Air In­dia on Septem­ber 25, the dou­ble-decker plane flew on the Mumbai-Hy­der­abad-Jed­dah route on Fri­day and landed in the Saudi Ara­bian city early Satur­day, when the dis­cov­ery was made by cabin crew. Air In­dia has sus­pended some of­fi­cials in this con­nec­tion.

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