Tweet about bomb on plane forced Jet Airways emergency landing
Mid-air bomb scare diverts Dubai-bound flight from Mumbai, forcing plane to make emergency landing in Oman
A Jet Airways flight headed for Dubai from Mumbai with 54 passengers and seven crew members made an emergency landing at Muscat International Airport in Oman following a tweet about a bomb onboard the flight earlier this week, the Daily Mail reported on Monday.
The tweet about a bomb on board was sent from the account of a man called Surender Partap, reading: “Bomb spotted in Jet Airways 9W-536 from Mumbai to Dubai. At 12:25 from CSIA Operation Badla.”
After being tracked down and arrested, Partap, who lives in Uttar Pradesh in India, said he had not sent the tweet and claimed that his account had been hacked and.
After the aircraft was check, including all the baggage and cargo, by the Omani security agencies, the plane continued its journey to Dubai.
This comes two days after a Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok to Istanbul made an emergency landing in New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport because of a bomb threat, when a crew member saw a message on the toilet mirror that read “bomb in cargo hold”.