Man de­tained over ‘bomb threat’ on Jet Air­ways flight

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

AHMED­ABAD: The city po­lice has de­tained a pas­sen­ger of a Mum­bai-Delhi Jet Air­ways flight which was forced to make an emer­gency land­ing at the Ahmed­abad air­port on Mon­day af­ter a note stat­ing that there were hi­jack­ers and a bomb on board was found in the wash­room, a po­lice of­fi­cer said.

The pas­sen­ger, iden­ti­fied as Birju Salla, a jew­eller hail­ing from Ra­jula town in Gu­jarat’s Am­reli dis­trict, was taken into cus­tody based on sus­pi­cion af­ter the plane landed here, he said.

Salla, who now lives in Mum­bai, had in the past too done such a mis­chief with the air­line out of some grudge, the po­lice of­fi­cial said.

Ear­lier, Union Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Ashok Ga­jap­athi Raju said the per­son re­spon­si­ble for the se­cu­rity threat on the Mum­baiDelhi Jet Air­ways flight had been iden­ti­fied and should be im­me­di­ately put on the no-fly list.

“Salla was de­tained by po­lice af­ter pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He was on board the flight which made an emer­gency land­ing this morn­ing. It was re­vealed that Salla had put the threat let­ter in the plane’s wash­room. We will take nec­es­sary ac­tion against him,” the of­fi­cial said.

“This is the sec­ond time when Salla did such a mis­chief with Jet Air­ways. A few months ago, he tried to ha­rass the air­line us­ing some other trick. It seems that Salla has some grudge against the air- line,” he said. He was be­ing ques­tioned by se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials at an undis­closed lo­ca­tion.

Flight 9W 339, which had taken off from Mum­bai at 2.55am with 115 pas­sen­gers and seven crew mem­bers, landed without in­ci­dent at Ahmed­abad around 3.45am.

The Boe­ing 737-900 plane was parked at a re­mote bay and all 122 safely de­planed, a Jet Air­ways spokesper­son said. The printed note, in Urdu and English, said the flight had 12 hi­jack­ers on board and a bomb in the cargo area and should be flown straight to Pak­istan-ad­min­is­tered-Kash­mir. Giv­ing de­tails of what had hap­pened, Ahmed­abad Air­port Di­rec­tor Manoj Gan­gal said the flight was al­lowed to make an emer­gency land­ing on the pi­lot’s re­quest. Full story @ time­so­fo­man.com/world

- PTI

SE­CU­RITY THREAT: The Mum­bai-Delhi Jet Air­ways flight af­ter mak­ing an emer­gency land­ing at the Ahmed­abad air­port on Mon­day morn­ing due to a se­cu­rity threat.

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