Hoax bomb threat on IndiGo flight

A bomb threat, which turned out to be a hoax, delayed an IndiGo flight at Kempegowda International Airport on Sunday, August 7 night. The passengers on board the Indigo flight from Jaipur to Bengaluru were finally allowed to leave their flight at 2 AM Monday, August 8.

IndiGo flight 6E 556 from Jaipur to Bengaluru carrying 175 passengers had an emergency on Sunday night before it could land at Kempegowda International Airport after an anonymous message citing a bomb on board the flight was found scrawled on a tissue paper in a toilet.

The threat note was found scrawled on tissue paper in a toilet.

The message that was written in Hindi on tissue paper was found by a cabin crew member in the rear toilet who said, “Land na karna, Is flight mai bomb hai” (Do not land, there is a bomb in this flight). The staff who spotted the bomb threat message alerted the cockpit crew who then contacted the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and the Air Traffic Control unit.

The Flight Captain contacted the security agencies at KIA and landed the flight after receiving clearance. The flight landed after 9:30 pm and it was taken to an isolated bay.

Hoax bomb threat on IndiGo flight

The Bomb Disposal and Detection squad, dog squad and CISF carried out massive checks. All the passengers were double checked and handwriting samples were collected from everyone. The baggage of all flyers were isolated and individual checks carried out.

The samples of suspected passengers have been sent to the Forensics Science Lab for examination. The possibility that someone else could have written it and the tissue merely left behind by a passenger inside the toilet was also being explored.

”As a precautionary measure, the aircraft was taken to a remote bay and the bomb threat process was initiated. A standby aircraft was arranged for the passengers to avoid further delay and inconvenience.”

IndiGo said in a statement.

The threat was declared a hoax after the bomb squad, canine squad and personnel of the CISF probed and gave the clearance.

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