Dhaka-bound flight makes emergency landing in Kolkata
A Dhaka-bound flight of Indian carrier Spicejet yesterday made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport following suspicion of a burqa-clad woman passenger on board.
The Delhi-Kolkata-Dhaka flight 208 carrying 123 passengers landed at the airport at 11:23am, sources said.
The aircraft was immediately taken to an isolation bay as per the protocol of priority landing, airport sources said.
The burqa-clad woman passenger Irbanieva Eieonora, 42 and her husband Aslan Bekov Arthur, 50, were bound for Dhaka.
They were taken to the office of the airport manager for questioning.
Both of them were Russian passport holders and their papers were found okay, the sources said.
The confusion arose because of the large physique of the woman passenger and her language problem as she failed to reply in English, sources said.
The airhostesses became suspicious, as she was eating without taking her veil off and passing food to her husband, they said.
The airhostesses then informed a senior colleague of the matter who alerted the pilot.
There was no hijack attempt to the flight, said an Indian Civil Aviation ministry spokesperson, in New Delhi.
Police took the two passengers, including the woman, for questioning, she added.
Sources said the couple would be put on board the flight, which would leave for Dhaka in the evening.