A charter flight from Moscow to Goa with 244 people on board was diverted to Gujarat’s Jamnagar, a move triggered after Goa Air air traffic controllers received a bomb threat, officials said on Monday.
“All 236 passengers and crew members (8 people) have been safely evacuated and the aircraft is being checked by local authorities, police and Bomb Detection and Disposal Team,” said Inspector General. police (Rajkot and Jamnagar Range), said Ashok Kumar Yadav. .
Jamnagar airport officials said the plane was in an isolation compartment.
“The embassy was alerted by the Indian authorities to the alleged bombing on board an Azur Air flight en route from Moscow to Goa. The plane made an emergency landing at Jamnagar Indian Air Force Base. Everyone on board is safe. Authorities are conducting a thorough examination of the aircraft,” the Russian embassy said in a statement.
The director of Jamnagar airport said the plane landed safely at Jamnagar (defense) airport at 9:49 pm.
He added that all passengers have been loaded onto the plane and authorities are conducting a thorough investigation.
Meanwhile, a Goa police officer said the flight taking off from Moscow should have landed at Dabolim airport. Goa police have increased security in and around Dabolim airport as a precaution, he said.