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Jet Airways plane diverts to Muscat after bomb threat

NEW DELHI: A Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Dubai made an emergency landing in Muscat yesterday after a bomb threat, an official said, in the second such incident in two days. All 54 passengers and seven crew members were evacuated once the plane landed safely in an isolated area at Muscat’s international airport, a senior Jet Airways spokesman told AFP. “There was a bomb threat on the flight.

It was a serious threat prompting the pilot to land at the closest airport,” said Manish Kalghatgi. “All guests and crew disembarked without any incident and were taken to the airport terminal,” Kalghatgi said, adding the Omani security agencies were carrying out a search of the aircraft, baggage and cargo. Jet Airways is one of India’s biggest airlines with a fleet of 116 aircraft.

On Tuesday, a Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in New Delhi after a bomb threat was scrawled in lipstick on a bathroom mirror. It was the third such bomb threat to affect Turkish Airlines this year alone. —AFP

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This article was published on 09/07/2015