An Air Asia flight carrying 114 passengers from Kolkata to Mumbai had to return and make an emergency landing at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat.
The incident happened on Saturday night after the Mumbai-bound AirAsia flight I5316 took off around 10 pm from Kolkata. Minutes later, a woman passenger informed the crew she had bombs and threatened to detonate them following which the flight informed the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) that it was returning to Kolkata.
An emergency was declared by the ATC at 11 pm, reports said and the flight was taken to the isolation bay upon landing.
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel arrested the passenger and took her to the Barrackpore court. Sources said she might be mentally unstable.
As per protocol, the flight crew members informed the pilot who got in touch with ATC. The flight made an emergency landing and thorough sanitation of the plane was done by the CISF and passengers were evacuated.
No explosive material was found on the plane. The reason, as to why the passenger made such a claim is being investigated.
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