No bomb found on Turkish Airlines jet, takes off after 9 hours

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Baku, July 8 AZERTAC

Aviation authorities said no explosives were detected on board a Turkish Airlines aircraft which made an emergency landing at the New Delhi airport on Tuesday after a bomb scare.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at a press conference that 134 passengers travelling by the Bangkok-Istanbul flight were questioned.

Security agencies later concluded that the bomb threat was a hoax , and the plane took off for Istanbul nearly nine hours after it landed.

The bomb threat was found scribbled with stick on a mirror inside the toilet while the flight was mid-air

The message, which reportedly said "bomb in cargo hold", was spotted by a crew member while the aircraft was in Indian airspace.

A source in the Central Industrial Security Force, which guards airports around the country, told Hindustan Times: "The pilot observed something suspicious and informed the air traffic controller." National Security Guard commandos were rushed to the Indira Gandhi International Airport and passengers on the flight were evacuated after the aircraft was taken to an isolation bay.

However, a thorough search yielded no explosives. "Initial checks ruled out any threat. Flight operations are normal at Delhi airport,"an airport source said.

Intelligence and security officials questioned the passengers for clues about the incident. Their baggage too was checked.

Ali Genç, Turkish Airlines' senior vice president for media relations, said flight TK0065 had successfully landed in Delhi and all "passengers and cabin crew have been evacuated safely and taken to the terminal building".

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