Mumbai-Singapore flight makes emergency landing after ‘hoax’ bomb threat

Mumbai-Singapore flight makes emergency landing after 'hoax' bomb threat
The airline reportedly received a call claiming that there was a bomb on the plane shortly after it took off, following which it was safely escorted to Changi Airport by Singapore’s air force (Representational Image)

A Mumbai-Singapore flight carrying 263 passengers made an emergency landing at the Changi International Airport on Tuesday after the pilot raised a bomb threat alert, which later turned out to be a hoax.

The Singapore Airlines flight, SQ 423, had taken off at around 11:35 pm (local time) on Monday from Mumbai.

According to reports, the airline received a call claiming that there was a bomb on the plane shortly after it took off. The flight was safely escorted back to Changi Airport by Singapore’s air force and made an emergency landing at about 8 am (local time).

All the passengers were disembarked safely and had to undergo a security check before they could leave. However, authorities have detained a woman and a child and are being questioned by the police.

“Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on 26 March 2019 at about 0800hrs (local time). There were 263 passengers on board. We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details,” said a spokesperson for the airline.

Further details are awaited.

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