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Ahmedabad-Delhi Vistara flight delayed after hoax bomb call

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

A flight to from the was delayed by around four hours today following a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax, a said.

"An unidentified person had called Vistara's call centre in Gurgaon in the morning today and claimed that the explosives have been planted on the flight," Manoj Gangal, Director of the Ahmedabad's Patel International (SVPI) Airport, said.

The call centre then informed the local office here about the threat call, Gangal said.

"On receiving information, a (BTAC) was convened immediately at the SVPI The committee viewed the call as 'non specific' but advised for a complete security drill," said Gangal in a statement.

As directed by the BTAC, the authorities checked the UK 976 Ahmedabad-flight thoroughly at the before giving it the green signal to fly as nothing suspicious was found, said Gangal.

"After thorough checks, flight number UK 976 was cleared for operation at 2:15 pm today," said Gangal.

In a series of tweets following the incident, had informed passengers that due to "mandatory security checks" its Ahmedabad-flight had been delayed.

The Ahmedabad-Delhi flight, originally scheduled to depart at 10:55am, took off at 3:27pm today.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 17:35 IST