New Delhi: A bomb threat call on Monday forced Jet Airways to ground its Kathmandu-bound flight carrying 104 passengers just before it was to take off from the IGI Airport in New Delhi.
Officials said the plane has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGIA and all passengers de-boarded for a through anti-sabotage check.
According to CNN-IBN an anonymous caller said that there's a gift box on seat 18 of the plane. The caller ended the call by saying happy Republic Day. The Times Now reported that seven passengers were detained.
The call was received at the airport terminal just before the scheduled departure time of the flight 9W260 at 1325
hours, they said.
The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) has been activated, they said, and a final clearance for the flight is
There were 104 passengers and seven crew members on the flight.
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Security is at an all-time high in view of the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.