Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said that a person responsible for the diversion of Jet Airways flight due to security threat has been identified.
A Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday morning due after a threatening note was recovered from the toilet.
“I am informed that person responsible for Jet flt 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morn. has been identified,” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju.
In another tweet, he said that he was advising the Airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.
I am advising the Airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.
— Ashok Gajapathi Raju (@Ashok_Gajapathi) October 30, 2017
“A man Salla Birju has confessed that he had kept the ‘threatening note’ to destabilise operations in the Jet Airways flight,” reported ANI.
An air hostess on board found a letter in the washroom which claimed there were hijackers and the aircraft should be flown to POK.
“Flight No 9W 339 is covered by Hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK. 12 people on board. if you put landing gear you will hear the noise of people dying. don’t take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bomb and will blast if you land Delhi,” reads the letter.
However, a flight, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad and all 122 were safely ‘deplaned’, a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement.
“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 stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest,” a statement reads.