Yesterday, a bomb threat received by the airport operator’s call center caused a delay of nearly 8 hours for the Vistara flight from Delhi to Pune.
Bomb threat to Vistara Delhi to Pune flight
Yesterday, Vistara flight UK 971 was about to depart from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) at 08:30 AM. The aircraft was flying to Pune International Airport. While the usual duration of this flight is 1 to 2 hours, passengers were unaware that their flight would be delayed by a significant 8 hours.
At 07:38 AM in the morning, GMR call centre received a call. The caller threatened that the Vistara aircraft parked at gate 42 has 3 bombs onboard. He said that these bombs will explode after an hour. The details of the call were shared with the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). CISF shared the information with Delhi Police as well.
More than 100 passengers and 6 cabin crew were already onboard the aircraft.
In light of the gravity of the situation, all passengers and crew members were disembarked from the aircraft. Security agencies assumed control of the aircraft for thorough checks and inspections. The plane was then relocated to an isolation bay, where it underwent extensive scrutiny by personnel from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Delhi Police, and the bomb squad.
Upon receiving the call, the Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) promptly convened. They mobilized bomb squads, sniffer dogs, and bomb detection equipment to assess the situation.
Following a comprehensive inspection, authorities determined that the call was indeed a hoax. GMR call centre received the call at 07:38 AM. The confirmation of it being a hoax came at 02:15 PM. The same Airbus A320neo registered as VT-TQA flew the passengers from Delhi to Pune after a whopping 8 hours of delay. The aircraft took off at 04:37 PM and landed at Pune International Airport at 06:16 PM.
A hoax call extended a 2-hour journey to 10 hours. Delhi police has lodged a complaint, and an investigation is currently underway to identify the caller.
In a recent incident, hot beverage fell on a 10 year old girl onboard Vistara flight due to mistake from cabin crew. Read incident here.
Source Credits : NDTV