Turkish Airlines Flight Called Back From Runway At Mumbai Airport After Bomb Scare

04/01/2016 12:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Indian airport authority officials gather for the recovery operation of the Turkish Airlines plane near the tarmac of Mumbai airport on September 2, 2011. A Turkish Airlines plane skidded off the runway after landing in the Indian city of Mumbai early on September 2 but no one was injured, officials said. AFP PHOTO/ Punit PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

MUMBAI -- An Istanbul-bound flight of Turkish Airlines was called back from the runway here this morning after an "unclaimed" mobile phone was found on a seat of the Boeing 777 plane.

The aircraft was brought back to the bay and all the passengers were deplaned for a thorough frisking.

The Boeing 777-300ER plane was scheduled to take off for Istanbul at 0625 hours.

"Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul was called back from the runway at Mumbai airport after a suspicious object was found in the aircraft," a Mumbai Airport spokesperson said.

Airport sources, however, said it was an unclaimed mobile phone which forced the pilot to return the plane to the bay.

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