Mumbai airport bomb scare affects Malayasia-bound flights
Three flights bound for Kuala Lumpur from Mumbai, India, were affected on Monday night when Interpol notified Mumbai police of a possible bomb threat on board one of the aircraft, according to The Times of India newspaper.
Following the Interpol alert, another call was received by the Mumbai airport control room with the caller also warning of a bomb on board a KL-bound flight. The call could not be traced as it was made via an VOIP (voice-over internet protocol) service online.
With security on high alert, the bomb detection and disposal squad and their sniffer dogs zeroed in on the three flights concerned, namely Malindo Air flight OD-216, scheduled to depart at 11.15pm with 140 passengers, Malaysia Airlines flight MH-195 (11.25pm, 158 passengers) and MH-187 (2am Tuesday, 145 passengers).
“The passengers who had boarded the aircraft were informed about the bomb call and asked to deplane to undergo a security check again.
Security agencies zoomed in on all three Kuala Lumpur-bound flights – the 11.15pm Malindo Air flight OD-216 with 140 passengers on board; the 11.25pm Malaysia Airlines flight MH-195 with 158 passengers, and the 2am MH-187 flight with 145 passengers.