Brussels attack: Indians stuck in Belgium after blasts arrive in Delhi

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March 25:A Jet Airways aircraft carrying 242 persons including 28 crew members, who were stranded in Belgian capital Brussels following the deadly terror attack on airport and metro station, arrived in Delhi from Amsterdam on Friday morning.

The flight landed at the Indira Gandhi airport here at around 5:30 am.

“A big welcome to our guests! Flight 9W 1229 from Amsterdam has landed at Delhi @IndEmbassyBru,” tweeted Jet Airways as the flight 9W 1229 carrying 242 passengers reached the airport.

The flight will now proceed to Mumbai.

As  a report, one of the Indians who arrived at Delhi airport said, “We were stuck there as there were no flights. I am extremely happy to be here, have come back after three days.”

“Embassy was there, everything was fine. Belgium Government did a good job,” said another passenger.

Meanwhile, two Jet Airways crew members — Nidhi Chaphekar and Amit Motwanai — were also injured in yesterday’s explosions at Brussels’ Zaventem airport and Swaraj said they are recovering well. Both Nidhi and Amit are from Mumbai.

A technical snag had forced the airlines to combine its flights from Amsterdam to Mumbai and Delhi.

The airline had earlier announced to fly three flights, one each to Mumbai, Delhi and Toronto from Amsterdam today to fly its passengers, who were stuck at in Brussels due to the deadly terror attack on the airport and metro station in the Belgian capital on Tuesday.

“Due to a technical issue with one of the aircraft, Jet Airways has combined its flights from Amsterdam to Mumbai and Delhi. The airline is now operating a single flight which will fly from Amsterdam to Delhi and then proceed onward to Mumbai,” the airline said in a late evening statement.

The blasts on Tuesday claimed by the Syrian-based militants four days after the arrest in Brussels of a prime suspect in November’s Paris attacks, sent shockwaves across Europe and around the world, with authorities racing to review security at airports and transit systems, and drawing an outpouring of solidarity.

Three suicide bombers who struck Brussels airport and a metro train have been identified, as the manhunt for a fourth man whose suitcase bomb failed to detonate intensified.

Prosecutors said brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui had carried out attacks at Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, while bomb-making expert Najim Laachraoui was identified by police sources as the second airport bomber.

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