A chartered Moscow to Goa flight was diverted midway to Gujarat’s Jamnagar due to a bomb threat which the Goa Air traffic controller received on Monday. There were 244 passengers onboard.
“All the 236 passengers and crew members (8) were evacuated safely and the plane is being checked by local authorities along with the police and Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad,” said Ashok Kumar Yadav, the Inspector General of Police.
“The Embassy was alerted by the Indian authorities about the alleged bomb scare on the Azur Air flight en route from Moscow to Goa. The aircraft has made an emergency landing at Jamnagar Indian Air Force Base.
Everyone on board is safe. The authorities are conducting a thorough inspection of the aircraft,” the Russian Embassy said.
The plane had safely landed at the Jaamnagar airport at around 9:49 pm on Monday, informed the airport director.
All passengers were deboarded safely, he further said.
In the mean time, the security in and around Dabolim airport in Goa has been tightened as the flight from Moscow was expected to land at the Dabolim airport, said Goa police.