Plane at Delhi airport reports suspected hijackers (Lead)

February 1st, 2009 - 9:19 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 1 (IANS) Security forces rushed to the Delhi airport after the pilot of an Indigo aircraft Sunday evening reported suspected hijackers on board, an official said.”The pilot said he is suspecting a hijacker on board and asked for priority landing. Later, he said there could be more (hijackers),” a top airport official told IANS.

“We allowed the plane to land on priority basis. The plane is parked in the Technical Area and is in isolation. All the anti-hijack measures are in full swing, but we don’t know whether the plane is hijacked or not,” added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Indigo flight E-664 from Goa to Delhi landed at 5.30 p.m. and was directed to an isolated bay as quick reaction teams of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police were rushed to the airport. The National Security Guard (NSG) were on the standby.

The passengers were not immediately allowed to disembark from the aircraft.

Airport officials said a passenger was possibly misbehaving, leading to the pilot’s alert, but they did not rule out it could be a mock security drill.

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