Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey on Tuesday said no bombs were found in the Turkish Airlines flight, which made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, and added that the flight would be allowed to take off soon.
“There is a standard protocol. Whenever such a threat is perceived, there is a bomb threat assessment committee at the airports.All the passengers were de-boarded, all the cargo offloaded.The bomb disposal squad has also gone in and nothing has been found as far as the aircraft is concerned,” Choubey said at a press conference.
“When the aircraft was flying in Indian airspace, it was noticed that in mirror of washroom words ‘Bomb in CGR’ were written.Pilot was alerted, they requested for emergency landing, usual drill was carried out, no bombs found. The aircraft will be allowed to take off,” he added.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the aircraft requested for an emergency landing after the crew noticed a message scribbled on the mirror.
“This Turkish airline was flying over India on its way from Bangkok to Istanbul, when pilot noticed something scribbled on mirror.They asked for emergency landing, it has been done. The routine check-ups are being done,” he said.
Sources have stated that a message written on the bathroom mirror of the plane warned about the bomb in the luggage compartment. When contacted, the Nagpur Air Traffic Controller guided the flight to Delhi.