A Jet Airways Mumbai-New Delhi flight was diverted to Ahmedabad shortly after some “security issues” were detected onboard early on Monday.
An airline official said the security issues pertained to a potential hijack and bomb threat.
The flight with 122 passengers, including seven crew, landed safely in a remote bay at the Ahmedabad airport, and all passengers were disembarked and screened.
The pilot alerted Ahmedabad airport authorities about the threat, the official said
“Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stagem. The airline regretted the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest,” Jet Airways spokesperson said.
According to ANI, a letter threatening to hijack the plane was found inside the flight’s lavatory, following which security protocol was followed.
Hijack threat letter found in bathroom of Jet Airways 9W339 Mumbai-Delhi flight that was diverted to Ahmedabad earlier today pic.twitter.com/cr8KlKjvIP
— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2017
The Boeing 737-900 flight 9W-339 had departed from Mumbai around 2:55 am and after diversion, landed in Ahmedabad around 3:45 am.
The Jet Airways statement said the flight was diverted following “declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat”.
“We are extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and are not in a position to comment further at this stage,” it said.
The police and other security agencies are making further enquiries in the matter in Ahmedabad while the airline made efforts to bring back the passengers to New Delhi as soon as possible.