Exactly a month after it was forced to return after taking off for Muscat International Airport following a bomb threat, Oman Air flight WY823, which was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Muscat on Saturday had to make an emergency landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) following a similar bomb threat.
One of the airline’s officials in Oman received a call stating that the aircraft had bombs in it and would explode midair. Since the nearest airport was CSIA, after getting the requisite nod from ATC officials, the aircraft made an emergency landing here at 1.47pm.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), fire brigade vehicles, medical and security agencies were already waiting on the runway. After an intensive six hour search by the BDDS, no explosive was found and security officials declared the call a hoax. Since it was a specific threat call, passengers who had been deplaned were also put through checks, including their hand and checked-in baggage. The aircraft was carrying 215 passengers and 11 crew members.