Bomb threat on flight at Delhi airport turns out to be a hoax

A piece of paper with the words “bomb@5.30 a.m.” was found in the lavatory; passengers were immediately evacuated

Updated - May 28, 2024 09:10 pm IST

Published - May 28, 2024 08:20 am IST - New Delhi

The IndiGo officials said the bomb threat was received around 5.30 a.m. on May 28 when the flight was preparing for Varanasi from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Photo: PTI (Screengrab)

The IndiGo officials said the bomb threat was received around 5.30 a.m. on May 28 when the flight was preparing for Varanasi from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. Photo: PTI (Screengrab)

Panic gripped the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi when a Varanasi-bound flight received a bomb threat on Tuesday morning. After investigation, police declared that it was a hoax.

In a video that went viral on social media, the pilot of the IndiGo flight was seen sliding out of the aircraft using the emergency slides. An elderly passenger was seen being led out of the emergency exit of the aircraft, with the help of crew. A total of 176 passengers, who had boarded the flight, were safely evacuated.

Bomb scare on Varanasi-bound flight at Delhi airport

Police said that they had received information about a piece of paper found inside the lavatory of the flight with the words “bomb @5.30 a.m.” written on it. A security inspection with bomb disposal teams followed and the threat was found to be a hoax.

An IndiGo spokesperson said, “All necessary protocols were followed and the aircraft was taken to a remote bay as per the guidelines by airport security agencies.”

“All passengers were evacuated and an alternate aircraft was arranged later and the passengers were provided with refreshments as well,” he said.

The flight departed at 11.10 a.m., the spokesperson said.

A Delhi police officer said further investigation is under way.

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