A disruptive passenger caused an AirAsia flight bound for Banda Acheh, Indonesia, to be grounded for security checks .
AirAsia in a statement confirmed that flight AK423 was then forced to be evacuated as the authorities searched the flight for a “bomb threat search”, as a precautionary measure.
“The situation was handled according to the standard operating procedures when dealing with such a situation , The aircraft was later declared safe by the authorities.
The airline said all guests on board the aircraft have disembarked safely and the disruptive guest has been arrested by the authorities for further investigation.
#UAE: #Emirates Airlines confirmed today that flight EK521 travelling from #Trivandrum International Airport in #Thiruvananthapuram in #India to Dubai was involved in an operational incident upon landing at Dubai International Airport. There were 282 passengers and 18 crew on board.
The nationalities of passengers and crew on board are:
226 – India
24 – UK
11 – UAE
6 – US
6 – Saudi Arabia
5 – Turkey
4 – Ireland
2 – Australia
2 – Brazil
2 – Germany
2 – Malaysia
2 – Thailand
1 – Croatia
1 – Egypt
1 – Bosnia & Herzegovina
1 – Lebanon
1 – Philippines
1 – South Africa
1 – Switzerland
1 – Tunisia
The Boeing 777 aircraft departed at 10.19 a.m. from Trivandrum International Airport and was scheduled to land at 12.50 p.m. at #Dubai International Airport.
“We can confirm that there are no fatalities among our passengers and crew. All passengers and crew are accounted for and safe,” the statement said.
“We are expecting a 8-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels. The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends,” it added.
The airline also activated dedicated telephone lines for family members, UAE – 8002111, UK – 00442034508853, and US – 0018113502081.
More than 22 people aboard 2 buses and other vehicles are feared missing after a colonial-era bridge in western India was washed away in a river swollen by recent heavy rains. Officials said 2 buses carrying passengers plunged into a flooded river after the collapse early on Wednesday , rescuers had not spotted any vehicles or survivors.Heavy rains are hindering rescue operations. Traffic has been diverted to a new bridge in the area.