Letter on Jet Airways flight: 12 hijackers on board, bomb in cargo

A Jet Airways Mumbai-New Delhi-bound flight 9W-339, carrying 115 passengers and seven crew members, was diverted to Ahmedabad Airport on Monday morning following an threatening letter was found onboard by an air hostess, claiming to blow off the plane. The menacing letter also added that there were 12 hijackers in the plane and it should be flown directly to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). The flight, on the other hand, had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 am and landed securely at Ahmadabad airport at 3.45 am.

The Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the person behind the “bomb threat” on a Mumbai-Delhi flight had been identified and would be put on the no-fly list. “I am informed that the person responsible for Jet flight 339 (Mumbai-Delhi) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morning has been identified,” the minister tweeted. The minister, however, not revealed the name of the individual, even though ANI reported a person named Salla Birju admitted his crime that he had kept the letter to disrupt operations. “I am advising airlines to put him on the no-fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action,” Raju said in another tweet.

All this havoc started when an air hostess found a “printed note” claiming that there was a bomb in the cargo area of the plane, a senior official of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) stated. A Jet spokesperson said, “Jet Airways flight 9W 339 of October 30, 2017, a Boeing 737-900 from Mumbai to Delhi, diverted to Ahmedabad following a declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat.” The airline also started a probe into the incident and asked a report on how the “letter” came inside the plane. The carrier added that “The aircraft landed without incident at Ahmedabad and was parked at a remote bay, where all 115 guests and 7 crew members were safely deplaned. Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter”.

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