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Indian plane makes emergency landing after bomb call

NEW DELHI: An Indian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the country’s western city of Nagpur on Saturday (Jan 23) after a hoax bomb threat, GoAir airline said.

The GoAir plane, carrying 150 passengers, was en route from the eastern city of Bhubaneshwar to Mumbai when authorities received an anonymous call that a bomb had been planted aboard.

“Post receiving the bomb threat call, (the aircraft) was diverted to Nagpur,” GoAir said in an emailed statement.

The passengers were offloaded and airport security searched the aircraft and baggage, the budget airline said.

It said “there was no bomb found on board the aircraft” and passengers “are now being boarded” after the plane was authorised to take off again for Mumbai.

The carrier said local police were investigating the threat.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.