New Delhi: A Kathmandu-bound Jet Airways flight was stopped from taking off here on Monday and its passengers and crew were evacuated following a bomb threat.
Flight 9W260 was about to take off at 1.25 p.m. when an anonymous caller telephoned the police at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, saying a bomb had been placed in the plane.
“All the passengers were safely evacuated. A thorough search of the plane is being conducted,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Dinesh Kumar Gupta told reporters.
A police officer earlier said that the plane belonged to SpiceJet.
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A Jet Airways statement said: “All the 104 guests and seven crew members have been taken to the departure waiting area at the airport.”
With the Republic Day just around the corner, the govt suspect probable terror attacks in major cities in India. French President Francois Hollande will be the Chief Guest during the Republic Day celebrations in the national capital. So far, NIA crackdowns on terrorists residing in the country have led to the arrest of more than 10 terrorists across India.