Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Bomb scare: IA flight makes emergency landing at Kolkata

Kolkata: An Indian (Indian Airlines) plane carrying 123 passengers from Delhi landed in emergency conditions at the international airport here last night and was searched by anti-explosive experts looking for bombs after an anonymous telephone call said the aircraft would be blown up.
A Hindi-speaking caller rang up the Airport Authority of India office here at 7.30 p.m. to say that a bomb would be planted in the IC 402 flight when it returns to Delhi.
Soon after the IC 264 flight landed at 10.30 p.m. Central Industrial Security Force personnel surrounded the plane and all the passengers were frisked before being taken out of the aircraft, airport sources said.
The plane was then searched by the bomb disposal squad, aided by sniffer dogs, but no explosive was found, the sources said adding the aircraft went back to Delhi as IC402 flight at 0013 hours with 56 passengers on board.
21/06/06 Afternoon Dispatch & Courier
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