Air India jet evacuated in bomb scare at Bangkok airport

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Posted: Mar 16, 2016 4:43 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — Passengers and crew of an Air India jetliner were evacuated using emergency slides at Bangkok's international airport, and authorities searched the plane for explosives after an apparent bomb hoax Wednesday, officials said.

The scare was prompted by an anonymous call received by the national carrier's office in India, warning of an explosive aboard flight 332 en route from the Indian capital, New Delhi, to Bangkok, said Air India's Thailand manager Indranil Banerjee.

As soon as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner landed at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, the pilots were told to park the aircraft in an isolated spot. All 231 passengers and 10 crew members were immediately evacuated using the aircraft's inflatable slides, Banerjee said.

Security personnel searched the plane but nothing was found, Banerjee said.

Air India spokesman G. P. Rao said the bomb threat call was received in New Delhi an hour before the flight from India's capital was to land at Bangkok.

The aircraft, which was scheduled to fly to Mumbai on Wednesday night, will now depart on Thursday.