The incident occurred almost 2 weeks after a Moscow-to-Goa flight made an emergency landing at Gujarat’s Jamnagar airport following a bomb threat.
Goa International Airport
A Goa-bound aircraft from Moscow has received a bomb threat, officials aware of the matter said. It was yet to enter Indian airspace when the threat was sent via email to the Goa International Airport (Dabolim) Director.
This is the second time in recent weeks that a flight intended for Goa has been diverted. Another charter flight of the same airline was diverted to Jamnagar, Gujarat, earlier this month due to a bomb concern.
Azur Air flight while it was flying from Moscow to Goa
236 people were on board the aircraft when it had to make an emergency landing. “The Indian authorities informed the Embassy about the supposed bomb fear on the Azur Air flight while it was flying from Moscow to Goa international airport. At Jamnagar Indian Air Force Base, the plane made a forced landing.
Everyone on board is safe. The Russian embassy immediately issued a statement saying, “The authorities are conducting a thorough evaluation of the aircraft,” after the incident on January 9 was reported. The aircraft was given permission to take off the following day since the encounter appeared to be a silly prank.
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Within a few days of this incident, a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Pune was delayed before takeoff at the national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after the control room received a call informing them that there was a bomb on board.
According to a CISF spokesman, the Airport Operation Control Center (AOCC) informed the Security Operations Control Center (SOCC) of the bomb threat, and a Bomb Threat Assessment Committee was established.
Later, however, police arrested a 24-year-old man for making the hoax call to help his friends spend some more time with two women they had met on holiday in Manali, HT reported.
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