Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Who says flying has become expensive nowadays? People send ‘rat poison’ also by flight to far off destinations. It is not only rat poison, floor stain removing liquid is also sent by flight, if one were to go by Thursday’s incident which forced a Delhi-bound plane to land after being airborne for 10 minutes. Quite a few eyebrows were raised after the return of the Kingfisher flight and the subsequent finding that the smoke detection alarm in its cargo hold went off due to the presence of the ‘dangerous’ liquid. The DGCA and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) have launched a full-pledged enquiry on Friday and found that the cargo screening staff had, in fact, rejected carriage clearance for rat poison sought to be sent to Agra.

However, the floor stain remover liquid was another part of the consignment brought by Messrs POB and booked by a star hotel in Begumpet to be sent to Agra. When personnel manning the X-ray scanner took objection, the consignee declared them as ‘sample fruit juice’ and bottles were allowed to be loaded onto the aircraft, sources say.Friday’s investigation by the BCAS and DGCA teams focussed on finding out how the stain remover liquid was allowed for carriage.

False declaration

The GMR officials told the investigators that while it could not be decided whether the liquid in question was ‘dangerous’ during an X-Ray scanning, the consignee had falsely declared it as ‘sample fruit juice’.