Monday, January 23, 2023

After bomb call turns out hoax, Azur Air flight lands at Dabolim

Panaj: The Azur Air chartered plane from Russia to Goa that was forced to do an emergency landing in Uzbekistan due to a bomb call in Goa, landed at the Dabolim airport on Sunday (shortly after midnight) after the call turned out to be a hoax.

Sources said that authorities in Uzbekistan conducted a detailed search of the aircraft and after they were satisfied, granted clearance to take off from the airport.

The flight had 240 passengers, including two infants and seven crew members.

This was the second hoax call pertaining to an Azur Air flight to Goa in two weeks.

The Goa airport received the threat email at around 12.30am on Saturday, and it was immediately shared for necessary action.

“Bomb threat calls are sent as Goa is a tourist state, but people should avoid making such hoax threats unnecessarily,”CM Pramod Sawant had said. “The disaster management team and intelligence are working to keep watch on the situation.”

“Hi, I am Zoe Lurking Spychologist Hamilton. A bomb disguised as a HP laptop battery have been put at Azur Air AZV2463. It’s going to be like the Metrojet over Egypt sometime soon (sic),” the email to the Dabolim airport director stated.

23/01/23 Times of India

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