Bomb hoax grounds Kingfisher Mumbai-Lucknow flight

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: A Lucknow-bound Kingfisher Airlines flight with 166 passengers on board was grounded here today after an anonymous phone call warning of a bomb planted in the plane.

The call was later declared to be hoax.

The aircraft was taken to a remote bay and all the 166 passengers have been deplaned, a Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson told PTI.

The flight, IT-3149 was scheduled to take off from the Mumbai's domestic airport at 1645 hrs when the call came.

Security personnel carried out a thorough search of the aircraft and evacuated passengers to the terminal building, the spokesperson said.

The call has reportedly been traced to Mumbai’s Nerul area and the caller is yet to be nabbed.

Bollywood actress Celina Jaitely’s mother was in the plane when the passengers were asked to evacuate. “The authorities said it was an emergency. My mother called to say the bomb squad had surrounded the aircraft,” she told a TV channel.

She added that the authorities had been prompt in their response.

After the bomb squad gave clearance, the flight was given the go-ahead to take off.

-PTI inputs