Jet flight aborted after passenger finds threat note
Minutes before taking off from the city a Jet Airways flight carrying more than 100 passengers on Sunday aborted its journey after a passenger found an anonymous note stating a security threat to the flight.mumbai Updated: Aug 16, 2011 00:47 IST
Minutes before taking off from the city a Jet Airways flight carrying more than 100 passengers on Sunday aborted its journey after a passenger found an anonymous note stating a security threat to the flight.
The incident took place around 8 pm soon after boarding was completed. A Jet Airways spokesperson confirmed the incident. “An anonymous note citing a non-specific security threat was found by a guest on board flight number 9W 552 from Mumbai to Doha,” the spokesperson said.
An alert was immediately sent out to the CISF force and airport staff. The aircraft was brought back and passengers were safely disembarked.
The airline spokesperson added that the flight was re-scheduled for take-off at 10.30 pm following a rigorous inspection till the time of going to press.
Security agencies, meanwhile, are investigating how the note escaped the airline crew’s notice before it began boarding. According to rules, the crew thoroughly checks the aircraft cabin before it is deputed on flight duty.
“We are talking to the airline staff on duty to get to the bottom of this,” said a security official.
The incident led to chaos because the airport is witnessing heightened security for a week owing to the Independence Day. “Passengers can feel the extra security cover. An incident of this nature during heightened security is bound to create panic,” added the security personnel.