A day after a bomb hoax grounded five Jet Airways flights, 11 IndiGo jets were searched on Wednesday after a caller informed its Chennai call centre about the presence of bombs.
Sources said the caller, who identified himself only as Smith from the US, said the flights were facing bomb threat from a woman flyer from Pakistan. The threat was for flights originating from major airports such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Srinagar, Vadodara, Guwahati, Goa, and Kochi.
The call was treated as “specific” and extensive searches were conducted.
“All our passengers are safe,” IndiGo said in a statement. “We are actively engaged in working very closely with the concerned agencies.”
The IndiGo call centre received the call at 11:13 am, but initial reports suggest the airline delayed in informing security agencies. The Delhi airport was informed at 2:45 pm.
“At Delhi, we were informed post the landing of the flight,” said a CISF official. “This needs to be probed why the airline delayed the process of passing on the information.”
A majority of the flights, most of which took off between 10 and 11:30 am, had allegedly landed by the time information reached the airports.
IndiGo, however, denied the allegation.
“IndiGo call centre at Chennai received a bomb threat call at 1113 hours and within minutes all the security agencies were informed,” it said. “There are certain laid down procedures to be followed by the airlines, airports, and other government authorities... All such procedures were followed and are being followed.”
The airlines said the safety of its customers, crew and aircraft was its top priority.