A call claiming there could be a blast in an Air India flight triggered panic at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Tuesday evening. The Air India call centre in Gurgaon received a call at about 7pm regarding a blast in an aircraft.
"It was a non-specific call and the caller didn't mention any specific flight. We have intensified the checking, but it appears to be a hoax call," said an official of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) who didn't want to be named. The CISF is responsible for airport security across the country.
As a mandatory security drill, all passengers of the departing flights were double-checked. "The call was made from a Gurgaon landline and we have passed on the information to our Gurgaon counterpart," RA Sanjeev, DCP (airport), said.
But the Gurgaon police commissioner said he was not aware of any such call. "We haven't got any information from Delhi Police so far. But if the call has been made from Gurgaon, we will trace the caller," police commissioner SS Deswal said.
A bomb threat assessment committee has been formed to assess the nature of the call. Primary investigations made by the committee have led the call to be declared 'non-specific', which means the bomb threat was a hoax.