A Kuala Lumpur-bound Oman Air flight was forced to make an emergency landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) following a bomb scare Saturday.
The flight,WY 823,took off from Muscat at 9 am (10.30 am IST). Later,Oman Air received an email signed by one James Abdul,claiming that there was a bomb in a bag on the flight,a CISF official said.
The pilot contacted Air Traffic Control at CSIA and requested emergency landing. The plane,with 215 passengers and 11 crew members on board,landed safely at 1.49 pm. After the passengers were deplaned,the aircraft was taken to an isolation bay for checks. The aircraft was cleared at 8.30 pm and passengers were allowed to board the flight.
A spokesperson at the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) said all emergency services,including bomb squad were pressed into service.
The aircraft took off at 9.25 pm,said the spokesperson.