Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Mar 17:
Passengers aboard two planes including an Odisha capital bound Air India flight were deboarded at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport following a bomb scare this morning. The planes were later allowed to take off after thorough inspection in the evening.
While the first plane has been identified as Nepal Airlines New Delhi-Kathmandu flight RA 206 that was scheduled to take off at 11.30 AM, the other plane is Bhubaneswar’s Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA) bound Air India flight 075 that had been scheduled to take off at 11 AM.
The Bhubaneswar bound Air India plane had 180 passengers aboard including five MPs and a BJD MLA from Odisha. BJD Rajya Sabha MP Baishnab Parida, BJD Rajya Sabha MP Bhupinder Singh and BJD MLA Debasis Nayak were among the passengers.
The police had launched a massive search operation in the airport. The aircrafts including the baggages were sanitized in isolation bay. Besides, security agencies managed to track down the caller who informed the airport authorities about the bombs, an airport official said.