A GoAir flight made an emergency landing on Saturday morning in Nagpur following a bomb scare.
Passengers of the Bhubaneswar-Mumbai flight were deplaned immediately after the bomb threat.
The airport manager at the Biju Patnaik airport of Nagpur received an anonymous call warning of a bomb on board the flight after which the passengers were off-loaded.
The plane was taken to a remote parking bay for further investigation. However, no suspicious objects were found.
An GoAir spokesperson confirmed the incident. “The aircraft has been cleared and boarding has almost completed,” said the spokesperson.
The caller using an Odisha cell phone number mentioned the flight number and said, “Suitcase mein bomb hai.”
Investigators, however felt that a mentally unstable person made the calls. The suspect identified as Sanjeev Mishra allegedly made two more hoax calls over the past 18 hours. One was a bomb hoax at Mumbai’s domestic terminal and on board a fleet taxi.
There is hightened security across the nation ahead of Republic Day celebrations to be attended in Delhi by French President Francois Hollande as chief guest.
The National Investigation Agency on Friday arrested or detained over a dozen people, including the self-appointed India head of IS, during raids in Karnataka, UP, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra on Friday. In another development, the anti-terrorist squad of UP Police arrested two suspected IS operatives, one from Lucknow and another from Kushinagar while they were hunting for two others, all of whom are believed to be part of a terror outfit that was planning attacks on Republic Day celebrations and the Ardh Kumbh mela in Haridwar.