Ahmedabad-Delhi Vistara flight delayed by 4-hours due to hoax bomb-call
A Vistara flight to Delhi from Ahmedabad airport was delayed by around four hours today following a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax. "An unidentified person had called Vistara's call center in Gurugram in morning today and claimed that the explosives have been planted on the Ahmedabad flight," Manoj Gangal, Director of Ahmedabad's Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport, said.
Bomb Threat Assessment Committee didn't find anything suspicious
"On receiving information, a Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) was convened immediately at the SVPI Airport. The committee viewed the call as 'non-specific' but advised for a complete security drill," said Gangal. As directed by BTAC, the authorities checked the UK 976 Ahmedabad-Delhi flight thoroughly at the airport before giving it the green signal to fly as nothing suspicious was found, said Gangal.
Vistara says flight was delayed due to 'mandatory security checks'
In a series of tweets following the incident, Vistara had informed passengers that due to "mandatory security checks", its Ahmedabad-Delhi flight had been delayed. The Ahmedabad-Delhi flight, originally scheduled to depart at 10:55am, took off at 3:27pm today.
Here's what Vistara tweeted
Due to requirement of mandatory security checks, UK976 Ahmedabad-Delhi has been delayed and will now depart at 1300 hrs. Please reach out to our ground staff for any assistance. We apologise for the inconvenience.— Vistara (@airvistara) July 9, 2018