On Monday night, an international flight from Moscow to Goa made an emergency landing in Jamnagar, Gujarat, after Goa Air Traffic control (ATC) officials received a bomb threat. It is reported that the flight was carrying 244 passengers, and all were foreign nationals. The airport authorities safely evacuated the passengers.
Currently, the bomb disposal squad is working on locating the bomb.
Per the statement given by Jamnagar Airport Director, the incident happened in the wee hours of Monday night, around 09:49 pm, when a bomb threat caused the Goa-bound flight to be diverted to Jamnagar. The authorities took swift action, and after evacuation, the police started their search operation. The aircraft is under isolation, and further investigation is being carried out.
Ashok Kumar Yadav, IG police (Jamnagar and Rajkot range), has said that all 236 passengers and 8 crew members on board the flight were safely evacuated, and the aircraft is being checked by police and airport authorities. He further stressed that the bomb detection and disposal squad (BBDS) works swiftly in locating the threat.
Goa police have also stated the incident, adding that the flight from Moscow to Goa was diverted to Gujarat due to bomb threat information received by ATC goa.
Meanwhile, as preventive measures, Goa police have augmented the security in and around Dabolim airport.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (Vasco) Salim Sheikh briefed news reporters regarding the bomb scare incident and told them that the Goa flight, which was to land at Dabolim airport, was diverted to Jamnagar airport for security reasons.
The Russian embassy has also told the media that Indian authorities have alerted them after an alleged bomb threat on Goa bound flight. The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at Jamnagar air force airport, and the concerned Indian authorities are investigating the matter.
A National Security Guards (NSG) team was recently sent to Jamnagar airport to inspect the aircraft.