Sunday, October 13, 2019

Amausi bomb scare holds up Chennai flight for four hours

Lucknow: A flight to Chennai taxiing for takeoff from Amausi airport came to a screeching halt on the tarmac after a bomb alert to the pilot from air traffic control (ATC) on Saturday evening. Passengers went into a tizzy and panic gripped the airport as bomb disposal squads swung into action. For four hours, stranded flyers were on edge of their seats before security agencies termed it a hoax. After the ATC green signal, the flight scheduled for 7:25 pm, finally took off 30 minutes to midnight.
The bomb scare followed an alleged tipoff to CISF at the airport gate by a Delhi-bound passenger about explosives in the cargo of the Chennai-bound flight.
Sanjay K Narayan, officer on special duty, Airport Authority of India, said, "A passenger, Piyush Verma, came to board the Delhi-bound 6E447 IndiGo flight, scheduled to take off at 10.40 pm. After the security check at Gate No. 5, CISF personnel observed Piyush moving suspiciously. When they asked Verma about his unusual behaviour, he told the jawans he knew about a bomb inside the Chennai-bound 6E518 IndiGo flight."
CISF swiftly alerted the airport director, CISF senior commandant, bomb detection and disposal team, quick reaction team and dog squads. The ATC was alerted and the pilot asked to slam the brakes, said Narayan.
Hoax caller is mentally challenged, say police
13/10/19 Urooj Khan/Times of India
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