Mumbai/London, June 27: In a shocking incident, a Newark bound Air India flight from Mumbai - Air India 191 - made an emergency landing at the London Stansted Airport on Thursday, due to a bomb threat. Though the precautionary landing was made, later Air India confirmed that it was a hoax call and the Air India's Boeing 777 is back in the air.
Adding more information, Air India sources said, as quoted by ANI, "An email was received by Mumbai airport that there was a bomb on Flight AI 191. Flight being thoroughly checked and will take off soon." F-16s Escort Mumbai-Singapore Flight After Bomb Threat
Earlier, the London Stansted Airport had stated that they apologise for the inconvenience caused to the other passengers boarding different flights from the airport, but their runway is now reopened. Air India's flight was diverted to the airport at 10.15 am (local time) & landed safely with Essex Police in attendance.
Taking to Twitter, they wrote, "Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight. We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience."
Here's the Tweet:
#UPDATE Our runway has now re-opened and is fully operational following a precautionary landing of Air India flight.
We are sorry for any disruption caused by the incident and would like to thank you for your patience.
— London Stansted Airport (@STN_Airport) June 27, 2019
Earlier too, a Singapore Airlines flight from Mumbai to Singapore with 263 passengers on board received a bomb threat in March, following which Singapore Air Force sent two F-16s to escort the aircraft.