Hoax bomb threat forces Jet Airways plane to makes emergency landing in Muscat

A Jet Airways plane made an emergency landing here after a bomb threat, as per reports on Thursday.

Hoax bomb threat forces Jet Airways plane to makes emergency landing in Muscat
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Muscat: A Jet Airways plane made an emergency landing here after a bomb threat, as per reports on Thursday.

According to reports, all passengers and crew aboard the Mumbai-Dubai flight 9W 526 were deplaned as soon as it made an emergency.

There were more than 50 passengers and seven crew on the flight.

Muscat airport was closed for sometime after the security scare. But later the plane was cleared for onward travel after the threat turned out to be hoax, 

Flight No 9W 536 landed in the Omani capital safely at 2.50 PM IST and was taken to the isolation bay for passengers and crew to disembark.

Omani security agencies scanned the aircraft, passengers and baggage and, after a thorough search, the plane was cleared for take-off, a Jet Airways official later said.

The emergency landing following a tweet about presence of a bomb onboard.

The tweet - "Bomb spotted on Jet Airways 9W 536 from Mumbai to Dubai departure at 1225 from CSIA (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport) - triggered the scare after it was noticed by a Jet Airways staff, who informed Mumbai ATC about it, as per PTI.

The message was relayed to Muscat ATC at 1.55 PM following which the plane was diverted to the airport in the Omani capital.

The tweet was said to have originated from the twitter handle of one Surendra Pratap.

Indian security agencies, including Mumbai police's cyber cell, have launched a probe.

"Jet Airways flight 9W 536, which departed from Mumbai at 1246 hrs for Dubai, was diverted to Muscat due to a bomb threat. The aircraft with 54 guests and 7 crew on board landed safely in Muscat at 1320 hrs local time (1450 hrs India)," Jet Airways said in a statement earlier in the day.

Jet Airways, in another statement, said that the flight departed for Dubai at 2115 hours Indian time after Muscat Airport Authorities cleared the plane for take-off.

"After a thorough search by the Omani security agencies, the aircraft was cleared for onward journey. The flight departed Muscat at 1945 hours local time (2115 hours India) for Dubai," Jet Airways said in the statement.

"We regret the inconvenience caused to the guests and thank them for their patience, calmness and understanding," it added.

Earlier in a similar case, an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok with 157 passengers and crew on board, had landed at the IGI Airport in New Delhi under emergency conditions following a bomb scare on Tuesday.

However, it was cleared for take-off after the security agencies did not find any explosive.

Flight TKO65 had sought an emergency landing after its pilot was informed about a message scribbled on the mirror of a washroom with a lipstick warning about the presence of a bomb in the cargo hold.

The aircraft had touched down in Delhi at 1:34 pm and was taken to an isolated area of the airport after which all 144 passengers and 13 crew were off-loaded as was their luggage, which were subjected to security checks, as per PTI report.

Turkish Airlines, in a statement, however, had said that there were 134 passengers on board the Airbus 330 plane.

The aircraft was checked for explosives by CISF and Bomb Disposal Squads. Commandos of the elite National Security Guard with their dog squads were kept on stand by.

(With Agency inputs)

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