Bomb threat on flight from Russia with 380 passengers in emergency landing

A fake bomb threat reportedly forced a plane belonging to Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot to make an emergency landing in India this week.

Flight SU-272 landed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) just before 2:50 a.m. on Friday, the New Indian Express reported, citing an unnamed official.

The Central Industrial Security Force, a paramilitary organization protecting the Indian government’s facilities and projects, received an email alert about a bomb on the Boeing 777 that had just left Moscow, police said.

IGI received word of bombs aboard flight SU-272 around 11 p.m. Thursday, and a full emergency has been declared for the landing, according to the official.

The flight’s 386 passengers and 14 crew members were evacuated, a senior police official said.

Security personnel launched an investigation, but nothing suspicious was discovered after a search of the plane, according to Delhi police.

The incident came almost two weeks after the Indian Air Force (IAF) used warplanes to intercept an Iranian plane bound for China over Indian airspace that was suspected of carrying a bomb.

Mahan Air Flight IRM081 was headed for China’s Guangzhou province on October 3 when officials in India received information about the threat.

The Airbus A340 pilot asked authorities for permission to land in Delhi, but the flight was diverted for technical reasons.

Air traffic controllers instead instructed the Mahan Air pilot to land in the Indian city of Jaipur.

The pilot was also given a second landing opportunity in Chandigarh.

Both decisions were rejected, and the pilot continued the flight’s journey to China, where the plane landed safely.

Officials in India were later advised to “ignore” the bomb threat.

“After a while, it was indicated from Tehran to ignore the bomb alert, after which the plane continued its journey to its final destination,” the IAF said in a statement.

During the October 3 incident, the IAF launched jets to intercept IRM081.

“All actions have been taken by the IAF in accordance with the established procedure jointly with the Department of Civil Aviation and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The aircraft was under close surveillance by the Air Force throughout Indian airspace,” the IAF statement said.

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines passenger planes park at Sheremetyevo International Airport on March 12, 2022 in Moscow, Russia. Reuters/STRINGER

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