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Airlines to put hoax caller on No-Fly list

Airlines to put hoax caller on No-Fly list
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Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday asked all airlines to ban the hoax caller who disrupted a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight by...

New Delhi: Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday asked all airlines to ban the hoax caller who disrupted a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight by giving a hijack threat.

Reacting on twitter to the incident, Raju said “I am informed that person responsible for Jet flight 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morning has been identified.

I am advising the airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.”

The culprit becomes the first person to be put on a no-fly list once the airlines declares him so after the no-fly list became operational last month.

He faces upto a lifetime ban from boarding flights for his behaviour on board by all airlines in the world once it is implemented.

Jet Airways’ Mumbai-Delhi flight had to make an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport today after “detection of an on-board security threat.”

A crew member found a printed note in Urdu and English threatening to blow up the plane mid-air unless it was diverted to PoK. The passenger, who has been identified and was travelling in the business class of the plane, had kept the note in the aircraft lavatory, sources said.

The flight had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 am. As soon as the note left in the lavatory was discovered the pilot informed the air traffic control and the plane was diverted to Ahmedabad airport around 3.45 am.

“Jet Airways flight 9W 339 of October 30, 2017, a Boeing 737-900 from Mumbai to Delhi, diverted to Ahmedabad following declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat.

The aircraft landed without incident at Ahmedabad and was parked at a remote bay, where all 115 guests and 7 crew members were safely deplaned,” a Jet Airways statement said.

The pilot pressed the hijack alert button, following which the plane made an emergency landing at the nearest airport, according to the sources in the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.

Reports suggested that all the passengers deplaned and screened. They were photographed and questioned by security personnel on various details, including their last overseas visit.

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