After Brussels blasts, Indigo, Jet flights receive bomb threats in India
March 23, 2016 8:34 AM (UTC+8)
Around 10 flights of Indigo Airlines received bomb threats in India a day after at least 34 people were killed and over 200 injured in Tuesday’s explosions at the main airport of Brussels and in a Metro station in Belgium. Following this all the flights were being searched for explosive devices. As per initial reports, Indigo flight 6E 853 was taken to an isolation bay after landing at Delhi airport.
The Chennai call centre of the Airlines had received a call from outside the country regarding possible bombs on its 10 flights. “Four such calls were received in the past four days also. The call has yet not been declared a hoax call,” the airport DCP was quoted as saying.
On similar grounds, a bomb alert was sounded for five Jet Airways flights after a phone call that later turned out to be hoax. The warning was issued from the Jet Airways office in Delhi after the private carrier’s call centre received an anonymous call that said the planes were carrying bombs. After the five flights landed safely and a security drill was performed.
According to officials, the caller has been traced to Chandigarh. The five flights included Delhi-Chandigarh, Delhi-Dehradun-Mumbai, Delhi-Gorakhpur and 2 flights from Delhi to Chennai.
A high alert has been announced in the key airports of India following the twin attacks at the Brussels airport and a nearby metro station killing more than 30.