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Mumbai-Delhi Jet flight diverted following ‘bomb threat’

PTI Ahmedabad | Updated on January 09, 2018

Flight 9W 339, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad. Image for representational purpose only.   -  The Hindu

Person responsible for the threat note stating stating that there was a bomb in the cargo area identified; likely to put him on the no-fly list

A Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport today morning due to “detection of an onboard security threat”, officials said.

Flight 9W 339, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad and all 122 safely “deplaned”, a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

The flight had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 am and landed at Ahmedabad airport around 3.45 am. The flight was “diverted to Ahmedabad following declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat”, the spokesperson said.

A member of the cabin crew had found a “printed note” stating that there was a bomb in the belly, the cargo area, of the plane, a senior official of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) told PTI.

The message was passed on to the pilot, who is believed to have pressed the hijack alert button, following which the plane made an emergency landing, he said.

Describing it as a bomb threat, he said nothing was found following a check of all the passengers and their bags.

PTI correspondent Rajkumar Leishemba, who was on board, said the flight was diverted to Ahmedabad citing “security reasons”.

All the passengers were deplaned and screened. They were photographed and questioned by security personnel on various details, including their last overseas visit, he said.

After more than six hours at the airport here, the flight carrying the passengers took off for Delhi around 10.30 am, he said. “Passengers were profiled, taken photographs and all personal details sought...,” Leishemba said on Twitter.

The B 737-900 aircraft was parked at a remote bay, the spokesperson said in a statement. “Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage,” it added.

Person responsible for security threat identified

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today said the person responsible for the security threat on the Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight had been identified and should be immediately put on the no-fly list.

“I am informed that the person responsible for Jet flight 339 (Mumbai-Delhi) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morning has been identified,” Raju said in a tweet.

However, the minister didn’t disclose the identity of the individual concerned. “I am advising airlines to put him on the no-fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action,” he said in another tweet.

“Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Published on October 30, 2017

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