Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

All-clear after emergency landing

A Delta Air Lines passenger jet was given the all-clear after making an emergency landing in India
A Delta Air Lines passenger jet was given the all-clear after making an emergency landing in India

A passenger jet which made an emergency landing at Mumbai was searched for suspicious cargo after a warning from airline staff in the Netherlands but Indian security agencies later gave the aircraft the all-clear.

Delta flight 70 from Amsterdam landed at Mumbai's international airport at around 11pm flanked by fire trucks and other emergency vehicles and was immediately taken to an isolated bay, where it was inspected by bomb squads and airport security, said airport spokesman Manish Kalghatgi.

The plane was later shifted to a parking bay after emergency alerts were withdrawn.

"Security agencies have cleared the onboard cargo," Mr Kalghatgi said. "They haven't found anything objectionable."

"Delta staff in Amsterdam informed the pilot there may be unaccounted-for cargo on board," he said.

All 244 passengers on board the plane were evacuated safely, he added.

Flights at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were operating normally, he confirmed.

Delta Air Lines posted a statement on Twitter which read: "We requested rescreening of some cargo on flt 70 in Mumbai. Paxs deplaned safely & we are working with authorities."

In Amsterdam, spokesmen for Schiphol airport and KLM, which has a code-sharing agreement with Delta, declined to comment.

Passengers were asked to remain at the airport until all luggage and cargo searches were completed, said Rohit Sharma, who was outside the airport waiting for his aunt, who was on the flight.

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