February 29, 2016 – Lukla
In a third aviation incident in Nepal this past week, a bomb threat in a Simrik Airlines plane has forced Lukla airport to temporarily close. A placard saying “Bomb On Board” was said to have found in the luggage area of the aircraft.
The aircraft, 9N-AIE, had arrived Lukla at 7:45 AM from Kathmandu this morning. Airline personnel were preparing to unload luggage and cargo when they found the sign. The paper was handed over to the security, but no bomb has been found. After the passengers were escorted out of the aircraft, no one was allowed to enter the airport – reports News24.
Following the completion of the search, the plane has been cleared for flying and is now returning back to Kathmandu. Lukla airport is now open but a bomb disposal team has been put on high-alert. The airlines said it was starting an internal investigation to figure out how the paper ended up inside the plane.
The airlines has released a press statement regarding the situation:
Press release issued by our chairman regarding bomb threat issue on 29th feb 2016,at lukla Airport.Annapurna Post Simrik Air .We heartily apologize to the passenger for the inconvenience…..