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Two Jet Airways crew members injured in blasts at Brussels airport

Two Jet Airways crew members were injured in the blasts at Brussels airport on Tuesday as airline authorities said they relocated the passengers to a safe location.

Brussels attack Updated: Mar 22, 2016 20:01 IST
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Emergency services (L) at the scene of explosions at Zaventem airport near Brussels.(Reuters)

Two Jet Airways crew members were injured in the blasts at Brussels airport on Tuesday as airline authorities said they relocated passengers to a safe location.

Mumbai residents Nidhi Chaphekar from Andheri and Amit Motwani from Bandra suffered injuries. According to airline sources, Chaphekar suffered multiple injuries and Motwani received injuries to his eyes.

A string of explosions ripped through Brussels airport and a city metro station, killing more than 20 people in apparently co-ordinated strikes that came days after the prime suspect in the November Paris attacks was arrested in the city.

“Jet Airways guests and staff on the landside at Brussels airport have been moved away far-off from the terminal. Transit guests who were in the terminal building have been shifted to hangers in coaches,” Jet Airways said in a statement.

Read: Blasts, blood and chaos as terror visits Brussels, over 20 killed

Two Jet Airways flights, one from New Delhi and the other from Mumbai, landed in Brussels around the time of the blast. Jet Airways flight 9W 230 from New Delhi reached Brussels at 8:08am (local time), minutes after the bomb blast at 8am.

Flight 9W 228 from Mumbai landed at Brussels at 7.11am.

Jet Airways operates daily non-stop flights to Brussels airport from its domestic hubs in Mumbai and New Delhi.

“Our Brussels staff is co-ordinating with airport authorities and security agencies to arrange immigration formalities as soon as possible to move the transit guests out of the airport,” the statement added.

“At this time passengers and staff have been cordoned off and are not allowed to access the airport terminals. Jet Airways staff and crew are safe. Two of our staff have been injured and are receiving medical care,” the airline said in another update.

“Safety of guests and staff is our prime concern. Jet Airways is closely monitoring the situation in Brussels and will provide further updates as information becomes available,” it said.

All flights from Zaventem have been diverted. The airport has been shut.

Read: Brussels attack may bolster demand for strong borders within EU

First Published: Mar 22, 2016 18:41 IST