Air India Dreamliner cleared after bomb hoax at Suvarnabhumi


An Air India Boeing Dreamliner jet was evacuated and searched Wednesday evening and Thursday morning at Suvarnabhumi airport after the airline reported a bomb threat.

Airport deputy director Chadanisa Chumnanvej said explosive ordnance disposal personnel searched the plane and all passenger baggage but found nothing.

"Nothing was found", confirmed Indranil Banerjee, Thailand manager of Air India.

The plane left the Indian capital at 2.05pm local time Wednesday. It arrived at 7.10pm Thailand time, and the anti-explosive operation began immediately.

After extensive searches,  aircraft and passengers were all cleared at 15 minutes past midnight Thursday morning.

The Boeing 787 was ordered to park at an isolated area of the tarmac at Suvarnabhumi airport Wednesday after the bomb threat was received while it was still en route to Bangkok, Ms Chadanisa said.

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