Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Pilot not informed before take-off about bomb threat?

Kolkata: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is inquiring into the reasons behind the reported delay in the passing of the information of the bomb threat to the pilot of the Kolkata-bound Air Deccan flight, as the plane took off from Port Blair without any check in the aircraft there.
Sources at the N S C Bose International airport here said the pilot was tipped off about the bomb threat 24 minutes after the call had been made and had apparently no other option but to head towards the destination Kolkata with the 190 passengers on board.

Bomb hoax in Air Deccan flight

Kolkata: An Air Deccan flight from Port Blair to Kolkata
made an emergency landing here a little before noon
following a hoax bomb call made at Netaji Subhas Chandra
Bose International (NSCBI) airport this morning. Airport
officials said the flight was carrying about100
passengers. The flight left Port Blair around 0715 hours,
however, an anonymous call was received at the airport,
saying that a bomb might have been placed on the aircraft.
A full emergency was declared at the airport and all
the facilities were made available for safe landing.
However, nothing incriminating was found and all the
passengers left for their destinations, the officials said.

06/06/06 UNI/Daily News & Analysis
Though fortunately the call turned out to be a hoax after the Airbus 320 was thoroughly checked by the bomb disposal squad at the isolation bay after its safe landing at the city airport, the checking drill could have been undertaken before the plane's take off from Port Blair had the pilot been immediately intimated about the phone call, the sources pointed out. The AAI was inquiring into the reasons behind this communication gap, they said.
07/06/06 PTI/The Hindu
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