Mid-air bomb hoax on Mumbai to Singapore-bound Singapore Airlines flight
A Singapore Airlines flight with 263 passengers onboard landed at Changi Airport at 7.54 am after a bomb threat on board flight SQ423 from Mumbai on Tuesday, the airline confirmed. The threat later turned out to be a hoax. The plane, a Boeing 777-300ER, had departed Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 11.36 pm local time on Monday, according to website FlightAware. It arrived in Singapore 31 minutes behind schedule, the site added.
A Singapore Airlines statement said, "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."
All the passengers were safely deboarded and a security check was conducted on them. However, authorities at the airport have detained a woman and a child for questioning, reported news agency ANI.
Changi Airport Group said there was no impact to airport operations.