Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kabul airport attack: Narrow escape for Delhi-bound SpiceJet passengers

New Delhi: Over 180 people on a Delhi-bound flight were among those who had a narrow escape at Kabul airport on Wednesday morning when the airport came under the rocket attack. A SpiceJet Boeing 737 was being prepared for a flight to Delhi when the attack happened and all those on board the aircraft had to be rushed to a safer place.
"The boarding for SpiceJet flight SG 22 (Kabul-Delhi) was almost complete when the incident took place. Passengers and crew were safely deboarded and taken to the terminal building. There was no damage to the aircraft," a SpiceJet spokesperson said.
The aircraft, that was supposed to fly to Delhi with almost a full load of 174 passengers, will most likely take off on Thursday as the Kabul airport has been closed after the attack.
The latest attack at Kabul Airport happened soon after US defence secretary Jim Mattis landed there. "A rocket landed near the airport this morning. No casualties reported," Afghanistan's interior ministry spokesperson Najib Danish said in a tweet.
27/09/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India