KUALA LUMPUR: A bomb scare aboard an Indian budget carrier that was forced to land at the KL International Airport had disposal experts barging into a toilet where a cabin crew had spotted a mysterious package.
Thinking they could be dealing with chemicals or explosives, they nimbly unwrapped the ragged cloth covering the package and were stunned to see three gold bars!
“We were pleasantly surprised,” exclaimed Selangor Fire and Rescue operations and assistant director Mohd Sani Harul Mohd Sani.
A cabin crew member of the IndiGo flight from Singapore to Chennai had spotted the package in the toilet of the aircraft and thought it could be chemicals or a bomb.
The crew decided to ground the airplane and all 144 passengers were evacuated upon landing at the KLIA at around 7.30am yesterday.
“We sent in 18 officers in hazmat suits to investigate the package. We handled the package carefully and slowly unwrapped the ragged cloth covering it ... only to find gold!”
Mohd Sani said the gold bars each measured 5.1x15.2cm and weighed less than 1kg.
He said the items were handed over to the police.
Mohd Sani assured the flight was secure and that there was no chemical or explosive threat.
Sepang acting OCPD Deputy Supt Zaldino Zaludin said officers had questioned the cabin crew members and some passengers of the plane, before its flight resumed at around 2pm.
“We believe it was an attempt to smuggle the gold into India.
“We will see if an investigation will be opened on the matter. We are just happy the security risks turned out to be nothing,” he said.