False Call Stops Flight To Kolkata


Kolkata: A Kolkata-bound Air India plane with 259 people on board was grounded minutes before take-off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Wednesday following a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax, officials said.

The passengers included four MPs from Bengal and state transport minister Suvendu Adhikari. The flight had 248 passengers and 11 crew members.

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Security agencies, after over six hours of anti-sabotage checks, gave an all-clear signal to the aircraft but the airline arranged another plane to take the passengers to their destination.