A prankster, terrorist or madman made a call at the weekend to claim bombs were hidden on various flights including Swiss and Cathay Pacific. The call led to two international flights being called back and one cancelled.
As a result, two airborne international flights were recalled while another, preparing for departure from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, was rushed to an isolation bay and searched, the Indian Express reported.
When the call was received (0130 Saturday morning) the Jet Airways and Cathay Pacific flights had already departed. The Swiss flight was preparing for departure, an airport spokesman said.
“The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee declared threat as specific at 2am. Both the Jet Airways and Cathay flights were called back and taken to isolation bay after landing under emergency conditions. Swiss Air flight which was on-ground was also sent to isolation bay.”
Security agents conducted a thorough search of all aircraft, passengers and baggage. The flights were cleared but it meant significant delays in the middle of the night for many passengers.
Written by Peter Needham