Singapore Airlines plane lands in India after bomb scare

4th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Singapore Airlines plane flying from Moscow to Singapore made an emergency landing on Sunday in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata after a bomb scare, an airport official told AFP.

The plane, carrying 265 people, was denied permission to land in the Indian capital New Delhi because of heightened security for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

"The pilot changed course of the plane after a bomb alert from Moscow police," Kolkata airport director R. Srinivasan said.

"The pilot immediately informed New Delhi airport about the alert, but was denied permission to land because of high security and restrictions for the opening of the Commonwealth Games in the capital."

The plane was granted permission to land at Kolkata airport, where it touched down shortly before midnight.

The passengers have been offloaded and security forces are searching the aircraft and baggage, Srinivasan said.

© 2010 AFP

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