IndiGo flight evacuated following false bomb threat
On Thursday, an IndiGo flight due to take off from Jayprakash Narayan Airport (PAT) in Patna was grounded after a passenger claimed to be carrying a bomb in his bag. Authorities arrested the passenger and performed a thorough check of all bags on board the flight, finding no signs of explosive material. The flight, bound for Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), was later canceled as a precaution.
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Sequence of events
IndiGo Flight 6E 2126 is a scheduled service from Patna, the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, to DEL. The flight was to be operated by a 6-year-old Airbus A320neo registered VT-ITL, departing PAT at 8:20 p.m. local time for a 10:10 p.m. arrival in the nation’s capital. All times are IST.
However, the passenger announced the bomb threat shortly after boarding was completed. Naturally, the plane was not allowed to take off and all passengers were disembarked. Airport security officials were alerted as well as the bomb disposal team, who then checked all bags and the entire aircraft.
An unruly passenger claimed to have a bomb in his bag. Photo: Airbus
Even sniffer dogs were called, but no bombs were found and the plane was declared safe after around three hours of investigation. Nevertheless, flight number 2126 was canceled, which caused additional inconvenience for the traumatized passengers. Local police arrested the unruly passenger, and several reports emerged saying he was mentally unstable. Another passenger said he was taken to hospital with his parents.
IndiGo management provided hotel accommodation and airport transfers for the passengers. Photo: Getty Images
Station agent House Vinod Peter told The Times of India,
“According to Bedi’s parents, their son works in a private company in Patna and they live in Delhi. A few days ago they received a call from the company stating that their son was not feeling well and that they should take him. They arrived in Patna and were returning to Delhi on Thursday evening. After the trio boarded, the man hesitated to leave. Before closing the plane door, he started shouting that there was a bomb in the flight. Immediately, CISF staff detained him for questioning. The baggage of all passengers and aircraft will be carefully checked.
Simple Flying wrote to IndiGo for various details of the incident. This article will be updated when a response is received.
After Flight 2126 was canceled, a passenger’s son took to Twitter to give a detailed account of what the passengers were going through. The user said IndiGo accommodated passengers stranded on another flight to Delhi which was due to depart the following morning. He also said airline staff provided his mother with a hotel room and airport transfers, due to “her medical condition”. However, it is impossible to verify whether all passengers benefited from such facilities.
The replacement flight, number 2999, departed PAT at 9:27 a.m. the next morning, 27 minutes after its scheduled departure time, and reached DEL at 10:45 a.m. safely, according to data from flightradar24.com. This flight was operated with the same aircraft as before.
Source: India time