Subsequently, a few Mumbai-bound flights were checked and the call was declared a hoax.
A case was registered and police zeroed in on the owner of the mobile phone from which the call was made. Bhat was finally located in Pune.
Bhat told police that his job performance was not up to the mark and he had been given a verbal notice to improve his performance in three months or face action.
"He was depressed and made the call out of frustration and to teach a lesson to the airlines. The phone's SIM card has been seized from him," the official said.
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