Panic gripped passengers at the Indira Gandhi international airport today after the Jet Airways call centre received threats about bombs in five of its aircraft from here, hours after blasts ripped through Brussels airport killing over 20.
While three of the planes had already departed by the time the anonymous call about the bomb threats was received, the fourth aircraft, which was bound for Chennai, was diverted to Nagpur, sources said.
Another plane, also bound for Chennai which was preparing for take off, was grounded and is undergoing checks by the security agencies, a senior police official said.
“Jet Airways has received a security alert for five flights from Delhi. All flights are on ground and are being checked by security agencies at the respective airports,” the airline said in a tweet but did not share specific details.
“We regret the inconvenience caused to our guests. The safety and security of our guests and crew is always our main priority,” Jet Airways said.
Sources said the three planes, which received bomb threats, had already flown to their respective destinations — Gorakhpur, Chandigarh and Dehradun.
Earlier in the day, over 20 people were killed and many injured, including two crew members of Jet Airways, in explosions at Brussels international airport.