An Air India Express was involved in a bomb scare incident at Goa Airport after an unclaimed bag was found onboard in the overhead luggage bin. Lets have a look at the details of the incident.
Bomb scare on Air India Express flight
A Boeing 737 of Air India Express registered as VT-AXU was flying on Jaipur-Delhi-Goa sector. Cabin crew of the aircraft had her bag in the overhead luggage bin. The aircraft operated its first leg from Jaipur International Airport to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. There was a man onboard whose bag was in the same bin, where cabin crew bag was placed. During deboarding process at Delhi Airport, the man in hurry inadvertently took the bag of cabin crew and left the aircraft. At this time, the cabin crew did not realise that her bag was missing.
Unclaimed bag onboard
Now that the passenger took the cabin crew bag, it means that he forgot his own bag in the aircraft itself. Add to that, cabin crew was unaware of this situation. After this, the aircraft started boarding the passengers from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport to Goa Dabolim Airport. The Boeing 737 took off with an unclaimed baggage onboard.
Upon reaching at Goa Airport, the cabin crew realised that her bag was missing. She asked the sitting passengers that the bag in overhead luggage bin belongs to whom? Then, she came to know that the bag belongs to nobody.
Upon knowing that there is an unclaimed bag in the overhead bin, the cabin crew alerted the Pilot in Command (PIC). The PIC knowing the gravity of the situation reported this to Air Traffic Control. After the aircraft landed, it was moved to an isolation bay. All 171 passengers who travelled through that flight were restricted to leave the airport. Bomb squad was called and the bag was thoroughly checked.
It was found that the bag had nothing other than clothes and some personal items. After the threat was declared hoax, passengers were allowed to disembark. The bag has been sent back to its original owner, who deboarded at Delhi Airport.
Following this, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) which oversees the aviation security has issued a show cause notice to Air India Express.
Source : Times of India