An IndiGo aircraft 6E3612 was grounded on Saturday at the Mumbai airport after a bomb threat, according to news agency PTI. However, the threat call turned out to be false and the flight was cleared "safe" after a thorough checking. The flight - Mumbai to Lucknow via New Delhi was scheduled to depart at 6:00 am from the Mumbai Airport Terminal 1 but delayed by over two hours after a woman called the CISF Assistant Commander's office and claimed that there was a bomb inside the plane.
"A woman passenger travelling to Delhi on Go Air flight G8 329 approached an IndiGo check-in counter at T1 and informed that there was a bomb in IndiGo's flight 6E 3612 (operating on Mumbai - Delhi/Lucknow route),’’ the agency quoted a source as saying.
later, the aircraft was taken to an isolated bay for a secondary ladder point check after the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) found the threat as "specific". After a thorough check, the aircraft was declared safe and took off at around 8:40 am.
Indigo security has received a bomb threat call at Mumbai Airport for Mumbai-Delhi flight— ANI (@ANI) December 15, 2018
According to the sources, the woman who called the security even showed photographs of some people and claimed that they were a "threat" to the nation. Later, she was taken to the airport police station for questioning.
Now, IndiGo spokesperson have come forward and said, "A passenger travelling with another private carrier told our staff at the Mumbai airport that there could be a bomb on Mumbai-Delhi flight 6E 3612. IndiGo reported the matter to the authorities concerned and followed the normal security protocol. The passenger was found to be mentally unsound. Operations have resumed. However, the flight was delayed by one hour''.
CISF personnel took her to the airport police station for questioning.