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Bomb scare on London-Ahmd flight

The A-I flight with about 288 people on board landed at Ahmedabad airport. All passengers were evacuated safely.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 19:48 IST

An Air India London-Ahmedabad flight, with 295 people on board, was evacuated early Thursday morning after a bomb scare, which turned out to be false.

The crisis management team immediately swung into action with commandos surrounding the Boeing 777 as soon as it landed at the airport at 11:30 in the morning.

All the 282 passengers and 13 crew members were disembarked immediately. A thorough search of the plane by the bomb detection squad was carried out, but the call turned out to be a hoax, officials said.

The flight was delayed by over two hours for its return journey to London as security personnel combed the plane.

A senior police official said security forces went into a tizzy after "a caller, identifying himself as Irfan Pathan and claiming to be a member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, told airport authorities that a bomb has been planted in the aircraft."

Ahmedabad Airport Director S Awasthi said the man had made the phone call from a PCO in the city and police were investigating.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 11:58 IST