Bomb scare: AI jet isolated at Bangkok airport
An Air India jet from Delhi to Bangkok, carrying 241 people, was on Wednesday ordered to park at an isolated area of the Thai capital’s main airport after a bomb threat, officials said.
Air India flight AI 332 from Delhi landed at Suvarnabhumi airport at the scheduled time of 7:13pm (8:43pm IST) and was asked by air traffic controllers to be parked at an area away from other planes, sources said.
Authorities activated an emergency plan and safely evacuated all 231 passengers, including a child, and 10 crew members from the aircraft to begin checking for a bomb. All passengers were evacuated safely via slides.
Police from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit are checking all pieces of luggage, including those loaded on the aircraft, Chadanisa Chumnanvej, deputy general manager of Suvarnabhumi airport in charge of operations, was quoted as saying by The Bangkok Post. The result of the check remains unknown, the report said.
Air India uses a Boeing 787 dreamliner for the flight, according to flightaware.com. The plane left New Delhi at 2:05pm IST.
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