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Mumbai-Delhi Jet flight diverted to Ahmedabad over 'threat letter' found in plane's loo

The flight with 122 passengers, including seven crew, landed in a remote bay at the Ahmedabad airport and all passengers were disembarked and screened.

IANS  |  Mumbai/Ahmedabad 

A Jet Airways India aircraft prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, on July 10. 	Photo: Bloomberg
A Jet Airways India aircraft prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, on July 10. Photo: Bloomberg

A Mumbai-flight was diverted to due to "security issues" after a letter warning about a hijack and bomb threat was discovered in the plane's toilet.

The person who left the note has been identified.

The flight with 122 passengers, including seven crew, landed in a remote bay at the airport and all passengers were disembarked and screened.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in a tweet said: "I am informed that the person responsible for the Jet flight (9W-339) incident causing landing at today morning has been identified."

"I am advising the airlines to put him on the 'No Fly List' immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action," Raju said.

The Boeing 737-900 flight 9W-339 had departed from around 2.55 a.m., and after diversion landed in around 3.45 a.m.

The flight was finally cleared for take-off and left for around 10.45 a.m., said an airlines spokesperson.

The pilot alerted airport authorities about the threat letter after the plane took off. The letter was reported to be in Urdu and English.

The statement said the flight was diverted following "declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat".

--IANS

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First Published: Mon, October 30 2017. 14:16 IST
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