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Passengers stranded for more than 5 hours

mumbai Updated: May 21, 2010 01:01 IST
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Actor Celina Jaitley was left shocked after receiving a text message from her mother who was flying to Lucknow on Thursday.

The actor’s mother was one of the 179 passengers on board a Mumbai-Lucknow Kingfisher flight that aborted take-off because of a bomb hoax.

The text message read: “They are deplaning all of us in a hurry. There is something wrong with the flight.”

“And, then I didn’t hear from her for about 25 minutes. It was scary,” said Jaitley.

The actor’s mother was visiting her home in her native town Lucknow to meet her son, an army officer on a short vacation. The Kingfisher flight was held up owing to a call made a hoax caller, who identified himself as Shoaib.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) control room received the call at about 4.30 pm — minutes before the Lucknow-bound flight was to take off. The flight was delayed by more than 5 hours at it finally took of at 10.19 pm.

“All day I had a gut feeling that mom could get in trouble which panicked me all the more,” said Jaitley.

The CISF personnel frisked passengers and scanned the baggage twice following the emergency evacuation.

Subsequently passengers had little option but to wait at the terminal because there are limited flights between the two cities unlike busy sectors such Mumbai-Delhi or Mumbai-Chennai.

At about 9.30 pm, the security agency cleared the flight for take off but all the cargo was left behind as a precaution.
The city airport has been receiving many such hoax calls in the past few months.

Two months ago an Air India flight to Dubai was stopped after a hoax caller claimed that a passenger on board was a terrorist. However, it turned out to be a case of personal enmity.