Moscow to Goa flight diverted over bomb threat, NSG team sent to detect suspicious substance


A heavy police force was deployed at Dabolim airport in Goa after an incoming chartered flight from Moscow to Goa was diverted to Gujarat’s Jamnagar over a bomb threat.

There were at least 244 people on-board the flight which landed at Jamnagar airport at around 9.49 p.m on Monday.

A National Security Guard (NSG) team has been deployed for detection of any suspicious substance on the Azur Air flight ZF2401, which was forced to make an emergency landing at Gujarat’s Jamnagar airport on Monday evening,

A senior police officer told IANS that an airline had received the e-mail about bomb threat, which alerted the Goa airport and later the flight was diverted.

“We had deployed the heavy police force here at Dabolim airport after we got information… everything is fine now, and we will withdraw the police force after a while,” the police officer said.

Sources said the flight was diverted after the Air Traffic Controller at Goa airport received information regarding a bomb threat.

After receiving the bomb threat, a large number of police personnel were deployed at Dabolim airport in Goa and senior officers held a meeting over the incident.

Russia’s Azur Airlines flight ZF2401 from Moscow to Goa was directed to park at the taxiway after landing at Jamnagar airport in Gujarat.

Jamnagar Superintendent of Police, Premsukh Delu told the media, “NSG team and local Bomb Detection & Disposal Squad (BDDS) teams are detecting the entire flight, only after the NSG gives clearance, the flight will be allowed to take off from Jamnagar and it is likely to take more time, as entire flight and passengers baggage is to be cleared by the teams.”

According to police sources, more BDDS teams, too, have joined the detection, teams from neighbouring districts like Devbhumi Dwarka and Rajkot are also roped in for the detection.

Sources said that Jamnagar BDDS team in primary inspection had found nothing on the flight, but the state government does not want to take any chance.

The flight that took off from Moscow after a letter was received informing about a bomb-like substance on board, because of which the Moscow-Goa flight was diverted to Jamnagar, which had made an emergency landing at 10.50 p.m. on Monday.

“After all 236 passengers and 8 crew members disembarked from the flight, they were taken to the airport lounge. The bomb disposal squad is carrying out an inspection on board,” Jamnagar District Collector Saurabh Pardhi told the media.

The district administration and police department swung into action after being alerted about the emergency landing of the Russian flight.

Bomb disposal squad, police force, fire fighters and five to six ambulances were rushed to the airport, said sources.

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