Panaji: Security forces were thrown into a tizzy on Sunday afternoon after a phone call — which later turned out to be a hoax — regarding the presence of a bomb on an Air India flight from Delhi to Moscow via Goa.
A thorough search was conducted of Air India Flight AI-156 carrying 89 passengers, including four foreigners, once the plane had landed in Goa.
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“A person who identified himself as Videsh Singh called the Calangute police saying he was informed by one ‘Rajan’ that there was a bomb aboard AI-156, which was due to land in Goa at 2 p.m.,” a senior police official said requesting anonymity.
After the plane landed at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport, personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force and Goa Police’s bomb disposal squad conducted a thorough check but found nothing dangerous.
The official said the police were so far unable to trace the person who had called up.
Late Saturday evening a similar threat was received by a Kolkata Airport manager. The call was traced and found to be from Germany. Officials of the airport were threatened by e-mail that if they did not pay up the Airport would be blown up.