Mumbai: A Delta Airlines flight from Amsterdam with 244 passengers onboard made an emergency landing at the Mumbai airport following a bomb scare. The flight made the emergency landing after Delta staff in Amsterdam alerted authorities of suspicious material in the cargo hold of the aircraft.
The flight was scheduled to land at Mumbai's the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 11.20 pm but made an emergency landing 20 minutes earlier. A full emergency was declared at the airport and the passengers were deplaned.
"Full emergency was declared at the airport for Delta 70 Amsterdam-Mumbai flight which landed at 2320 hours", an airport spokesman said.
The emergency was finally withdrawn three hours later at 1.50 AM after security agencies found no trace of explosives and cleared the on-air cargo.
The search by the anti-bomb squad lasted for more than two and half hours. The emergency for fire and rescue was withdrawn after 28 minutes even as the anti-bomb squad conducted the search.
The bomb scare came even as parcel bombs were found in two US-bound planes sent from Yemen last week. The planes were intercepted in the UK and Dubai.
The discovery triggered a global security alert with the US suspecting the involvement of terror group al-Qaeda.
One of the parcel bomb intercepted sent from Yemen was defused just 17 minutes before it was due to explode. This shocking revelation was made by French Interior Minister Brice Hort-feux to a French TV channel.