Authorities are yet to determine who left the threatening note in the aircraft toilet.
An IndiGo flight carrying more than 170 passengers went into complete emergency mode after a threatening note was found in the rear lavatory shortly before landing. This arrives just weeks after another one of the airline’s flights was grounded in Patna after a passenger claimed to be carrying a bomb.
IndiGo flight 6E 556 is a scheduled service traveler between Jaipur in North India and Bengaluru in the south. It has a scheduled evening departure at 18:35 and a flight time of 2.5 hours with a scheduled coming at 21:05.
On August 7th, the Airbus A320 took off from Jaipur approximately 20 minutes behind schedule at 18:56. The nearly 5-year-old aircraft (VT-IVF) was carrying 175 passengers and made up for the lost time in the air. It looked like a routine flight until it was time to land.
- According to reporters, an IndiGo staff found a message written in Hindi on tissue paper in the rear toilet, which warned against landing the plane as there was a bomb onboard.
The flight captain was quickly said, who then contacted security at Bengaluru airport. The flight was provided the clearance to land and touched down at BLR at 21:07, according to FlightRadar24.com.
But it was just the start of a long night for the passengers who could only disembark the plane after 23:00 and leave the airport at 02:00 early morning. The journalist quotes a passenger as telling,
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“After the flight landed almost on schedule, the Flight Captain appeared before the passengers and said that sabotage was suspected, so the flight would be isolated for some time. The flight was steered to a distant spot, and we stayed on board almost till 11 pm.”
- “We were permitted to leave the flight in batches of four, after frisking and checking cabin luggage. Our check-in luggage was spread out and we were asked to identify our luggage. That too was checked over and over again.”
The Bomb Disposal and Detection squad, dog squad, and other security personnel carried out all the required checks, and each passenger was asked to submit a writing sample.
Passengers were then taken to the airport on a bus through a separate gate, where they had to wait for a few hours more before being permitted to leave at 02:00.
The writing samples have been sent to the forensics department for examination, but authorities are also looking at the case of someone else writing the note, which a passenger then left behind in the toilet.
A top security source told, “This incident is a wake-up call. There is a requirement to fix cameras outside the toilets to keep a tab on those entering it so that such suspects could be narrowed down easily.”
While the passenger who posed the threat in the Patna incident in July was detained immediately, it seems the authorities will have to work a little harder to crack the case in the latest incident.
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Source: The New Indian Express