Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Man held for making hoax call about bomb on plane

New Delhi: A 22-year-old man was apprehended at Indira Gandhi International Airport soon after boarding a Delhi-Patna SpiceJet flight on Monday morning.Police said the man had allegedly made a hoax call regarding presence of a bomb on the flight. The 22-year-old, who was a passenger on the same flight, is said to be mentally unstable.

The airliner said the man claimed that he had an “intuition” about a bomb on the flight.

Security agencies were sent into tizzy after a call was received by the airport around 7.45 am, informing them about a bomb being on the flight. Cops said the call was tracked to a flyer who was on the same flight. Meanwhile, other agencies were placed on alert, and Central Industrial Security Force’s bomb squad was also called in.

“A call was received around 7.45am, which said there was a bomb inside the aircraft, which was flying to Patna. All agencies were alerted and the flight was evacuated. We identified a 22-year-old behind the call, which was placed from the plane itself, but the reason is unknown. His mental condition is said to be unstable,” said DCP (IGI) Rajeev Ranjan.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said the passenger who reportedly placed the call informed them he had an “intuition” that there was a bomb on the plane. “SpiceJet flight SG 8721 scheduled to operate from Delhi to Patna on June 14, 2021, was delayed after a passenger post boarding the aircraft inquired about its safety, including the possibility of a bomb. The said passenger repeatedly told the crew that he had an intuition that there was a bomb on board the aircraft,” a spokesperson of the airliner said.

“The crew informed the captain and the aircraft was moved to a remote bay. All passengers were deboarded and their baggage screened again. The said passenger and the one accompanying him were handed over to CISF and Delhi Police for further investigation after the flight departed,” the spokesperson added.

15/06/21 Times of India

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