Bomb scare on Kathmandu- bound Jet Airways flight

New Delhi: A Jet Airways flight from Delhi to Kathmandu on Monday was asked to abort take off after airport authorities allegedly received a bomb threat call claiming that there was "gift on the seat" of the aircraft.

"There's a gift onboard the Delhi-Kathmandu flight on seat no. 18. Happy Republic Day," the caller reportedly said over the phone sending the security forces into a tizzy.

According to the officials, the plane has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGIA and all passengers de-boarded for a thorough anti-sabotage check.

The call was received at the airport terminal just before the scheduled departure time of the flight 9W260 at 1325 hours, they added.

"Jet Airways flight 9W 260  scheduled to depart from Delhi to Kathmandu at 1325 hrs has been delayed due to a security alert. All 104 guests and 7 crew have been disembarked from the aircraft and taken to the departures waiting area at the Delhi airport. Security agencies are conducting a search of the aircraft," a statement from Jet Airways said today.

The country is on high alert amid terror threat ahead of Republic Day on Tuesday.

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