Turkish aircraft makes emergency landing at IGI airport after bomb threat
New Delhi, July 7: In a major security threat, an Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight TK-65 from Bangkok, on Tuesday, July 7, was forced to make an emergency landing at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport, following the bomb threat.
National Security Forces, fire trucks and dog squad have rushed to the airport. Ministry of Home Affairs is closely monitoring the situation.
Initial reports say that no explosives have been found in the plane, that was enroute to Bangkok and was flying over the Indian airspace.
All 134 passengers and 14 crew members aboard have been evacuated safely. Their bags and luggages are being thoroughly checked by the CISF personnel. The entire area was cordoned off and the fire brigade was alerted.
The plane, an Airbus 330, landed safely at 1341 hours today, taken to an isolation bay, sources said, adding "it appears to be a hoax".
According to sources, "There was a message written, 'bomb in cargo hold', with lipstick, on bathroom mirror of the Turkish Airlines flight, informing about a bomb in the luggage compartment."
Following the threat message, the pilots contacted the nearest Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) in Nagpur, who guided them to make an emergency landing at the Delhi IGI airport.
Women passengers are being questioned separately.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been apprised about the emergency situation at the airport. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said NSG and bomb disposal squad were pressed into service.