07/07/2015 4:56 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Turkish Airlines Flight With 148 Passengers Onboard Makes Emergency Landing In Delhi After Bomb Scare

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Airline workers move passenger luggage from a Turkish Airlines plane after it slid off the tarmac at Kathmandu international airport on March 4, 2015. A Turkish Airlines plane carrying 224 passengers had to be evacuated after it missed the runway on landing at Kathmandu airport and skidded onto nearby grassland. AFP PHOTO / PRAKASH MATHEMA (Photo credit should read PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI—An Istanbul-bound Turkish Airlines flight from Bangkok with 148 passengers onboard landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport under full emergency conditions due to a bomb scare.

The plane, an Airbus 330, landed safely at 1341 hours today, taken to an isolation bay, sources said, adding "it appears to be a hoax".

"The pilot was informed of a message written with lipstick on the mirror of one of the plane's washrooms that there was a bomb in the cargo hold of the aircraft, leading the pilot to seek Nagpur ATC's permission to land the aircraft there. He directed the pilot to approach the Delhi ATC," the sources said.

Following this, the aircraft was diverted to Delhi and where it landed at 1341 hours, they added.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said NSG and bomb disposal squad were pressed into service. "No explosive was found inside the cabin. The cargo portion is being checked," he said, adding the process may take about three hours.

He said the entire area was cordoned off and the fire brigade was alerted.

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