Flights grounded at India’s two airports after bomb scare

27 January 2016 (Last Updated January 27th, 2016 18:30)

India's Delhi and Bengaluru airports have been put on high alert as two internationals and one domestic flight have been grounded after airport officials received bomb threat calls.

India's Delhi and Bengaluru airports have been put on high alert as two internationals and one domestic flight have been grounded after airport officials received bomb threat calls.

The two airport officials received multiple calls in quick succession.

The Air India and Jet Airways flights, which were ready to take off for Kathmandu and Nepal, from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport (IGIA) at 1.15pm and 1.25pm local time, respectively, were grounded.

"The two airport officials received multiple calls in quick succession."

The flights were stopped and sent to the isolation bay upon receipt of threat calls, reported Press Trust of India.

Three calls came within ten minutes - first at 1.05pm and the third at 1.15pm, while another call came around 3:30pm, warning about liquid explosives being planted in two bags on the two flights.

IGIA deputy commissioner of police DK Gupta was quoted by the news agency as saying: "Around 1pm, the airport police received an anonymous call, saying that there were bombs inside two laptop (bags), kept in the planes of Air India and Jet Airways."

Goa-bound AirAsia's flight from Bengaluru Airport was also cancelled after receiving a similar threat call.

The Jet Airways flight 9W 260 carried 122 passengers and seven crew members, while the Air India AI215 DEL-KTM fight had 121 passengers on board.

After clearance from the police, the Air India flight took off at 8.30pm local time and the Jet Airways flight took off at 9.30pm.

Last week, GoAir flight bound for Mumbai from Bhubaneswar, with over 150 passengers on board made an emergency halt at Nagpur following an anonymous tip about a bomb on board.