Mumbai-New York flight hijack threat turns out false

May 2nd, 2008 - 5:06 am ICT by admin  

Mumbai, May 2 (IANS) A Delta Airlines Mumbai-New York flight was delayed briefly Thursday night after the US consulate in Mumbai received a hijack threat that turned out to be false, an airport official said. The US consulate informed the station manager of Delta Airlines that they have received a hijack threat for flight DL-17, the official said.

When contacted the consulate spokesperson and station manager of Delta Airlines denied the incident completely.

However a police official confirmed the incident and told IANS, “We got a call from the airport authorities regarding a hijack threat and a suspect on board. We immediately deployed our team there.”

The airport police said it was nothing big and was almost like a non-incident. “But there was stringent security as a precautionary measure,” he said.

The flight finally took-off at 1.17 a.m. from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).

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