Police: Jet Airways bomb threat “a misunderstanding”
The emergency landing by a Jet Airways airplane at Suvarnabhumi airportÂ on WednesdayÂ night (Sept 20) was made after an Indian passenger mistook a message on a mobile phone left unattended to on a seat in front of him as a bomb threat, deputy police spokesman Pol Col Krisna Pattanacharoen saidÂ on Thursday.
Pol Col Krisna said this happened while the Jet Airways was heading to Suvarnabhumi airport from Delhi.
An investigation revealed that it was a misunderstanding on the part of that passenger, he said.
Sirote Duangrat, director of Suvarnabhumi airport of the Airports of Thailand Plc, said the airport’s security centre received a message through the air traffic control centre at aboutÂ 8.20pmÂ that Jet Airways Flight 9W066 had sought to make an emergency landing. Â The aircraft was scheduled to land atÂ 8.37pm.
Following an assessment of the situation with the airline, the airport decided to execute an emergency plan to deal with “a bomb threat on aircraft”.
After landing, the aircraft was directed to an isolated parking stand on the eastern side of the airport.
All 153 passengers and eight flight crew were moved out of the aircraft to stay at the firefighting and rescue station on the western side.
Security staff then conducted a search on all passengers and their belongings, while explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) officials examined all of the baggages loaded on the plane to ensure safety, Mr Sirote said.
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