|Monday, January 16, 2017

Chaos in Mumbai airport after M’sian flights bomb scare 

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MUMBAI, Jan 11: After a bomb forewarning from Interpol Mumbai airport was put on high alert on Monday of a bomb on board a flight to Kuala Lumpur.

The Security agencies present had combed through three aircraft for suspicious objects even as more than 400 passengers and 500 pieces of check-in bags were put through a detailed security check.

The three flight searched were two Malaysia Airlines flight and one Malindo Air flight, where the flights were delayed by four to five hours.

According to a report by The Times of India, “The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation),had an intelligence input through Interpol about a bomb on board a flight bound for Kuala Lumpur,” said O P Singh, director-general, CISF.

“I ordered a proper drill, a thorough security check of all flights bound for Kuala Lumpur,” Singh said.

He added that CISF has monitored all the three flights till the time they landed safely at their scheduled destination.

A general security alert on account of the January 26 Republic Day was also in force.

It reported that after the CBI input, there was another alert from a different source at a Sahar police officer said that around 9.50pm, the airport control room manned by MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd) received an anonymous call.

It was said that the caller, too, spoke about a bomb on-board a flight to Kuala Lumpur and that it was a VoIP (voice over internet protocol) call and the caller disconnected soon after giving the message.

The police official said that VoIP calls are difficult to trace as the search area extends across the globe.

The security agencies zoomed in on all three KL bound flights—the 11.15pm Malindo Air flight OD-216 with 140 passengers on board; the 11.25pm Malaysia Airline flight MH-195 with 158 passengers and the 2am MH-187 with 145 passengers.

A police official said, “The passengers who had boarded the aircraft were informed about the bomb call and asked to deplane to undergo a security check again. Not a single passenger complained or created a fuss. Instead, they came forward and asked us to frisk them all, they didn’t want any untoward incident mid-air.”