Bomb hoax delays B’luru-Pune flight

Sushant Ranjan
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

After a call about a bomb at Bengaluru Airport, around 100 passengers of Air Asia (I5 1426) were stranded there for over two hours on Monday. After an exhaustive check by the airline officials and security personnel, it was found to be a hoax.

Pune: After a call about a bomb at Bengaluru Airport, around 100 passengers of Air Asia (I5 1426) were stranded there for over two hours on Monday. After an exhaustive check by the airline officials and security personnel, it was found to be a hoax.
 
The flight was scheduled to take off from Bengaluru to Pune at 1.05 pm, but it departed at 3.32 pm. The call was also made about Air Asia flight from Bengaluru to Hyderabad (I5 1516). This caused a huge commotion and chaos among the airline staffers as well as the airport authorities.

A passenger travelling by the same flight said there was confusion among the travellers about the reason for the delay as the airline did not share any information with them about the delay.

“The flight is delayed with all passengers stranded without any clear clues on what is happening. Is there a security glitch or some technical glitch we don’t know yet. Absolute chaos at the airport. Staff is telling security alert with no clear information and help to stranded passengers,” the passenger said.

Another passenger said initially they were under the impression that the delay was due to a technical glitch. “At first we got information that there was an oil leakage in the aircraft which was causing the delay. The whole time we stood confused and perplexed with no one giving us proper information. There was pandemonium in the airport as well. It was quite distressing for some senior citizens but then fortunately the matter got sorted out early,” another passenger said.
 
In its response to the media, the airline said the calls were established as hoax after detailed checks. “AirAsia India received a hoax message involving two flights. The caller reported that a bomb was placed on board our flights I5 1426 from Bengaluru to Pune and I5 1516 from Bengaluru to Hyderabad. All precautionary measures and checks were initiated and the call was established to be a hoax,” said a spokesperson.

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