Akasa Air Delhi to Mumbai flight diverted to Ahmedabad after security alert

Akasa Air Delhi to Mumbai flight diverted to Ahmedabad after security alert

Akasa Air Delhi to Mumbai flight diverted to Ahmedabad after security alert

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An Akasa Air flight from Delhi to Mumbai, carrying 186 passengers and six crew members, was diverted to Ahmedabad on Tuesday due to a security alert. The flight, QP 1719, landed safely at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad at 10:13 am. 

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that all passengers were deplaned, and the airline is adhering to all safety and security protocols on the ground.

“Akasa Air flight QP 1719, flying from Delhi to Mumbai on June 03, 2024, and carrying 186 passengers, one infant, and six crew members on board, received a security alert on board. As per prescribed safety and security procedures, the plane was diverted to Ahmedabad. 

The captain followed all required emergency procedures and landed safely at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport at 10:13 hrs. All passengers have been deplaned. Akasa Air is following and supporting all safety and security protocols on ground,” the airline’s spokesperson said.

This incident follows a similar security scare involving a Vistara flight from Paris to Mumbai. On Sunday, Vistara flight UK 024, carrying 306 passengers, received a bomb threat through a handwritten note on an airsickness bag. A full emergency was declared at the Mumbai airport prior to the flight’s arrival, which landed safely at 10:19 am.

An unnamed source reported that the handwritten note prompted the declaration of a full emergency at 10:08 am. Vistara confirmed the security concern in a statement, noting that their staff found the threatening note onboard.

“A security concern has been noted by our staff while onboard the airline’s flight UK 024 operating from Paris to Mumbai on 2 June 2024,” the Vistara spokesperson said. The airline immediately informed the relevant authorities and fully cooperated with security agencies for all mandatory checks. The flight landed at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport, Mumbai, and the situation was handled as per security protocols.

These incidents underscore the heightened security measures airlines and airports are adopting to ensure passenger safety amidst potential threats.