Dubai bound Airbus evacuated due to bomb threat
A Dubai-bound airliner flying from Pakistan’s Peshawar's Bacha Khan International Airport was allegedly evacuated due to a bomb threat Saturday, according to local media.
The Shaheen Air flight, operated by an Airbus A320-200, had completed boarding when all passengers were ordered to evacuate the aircraft.
Luggage was also offloaded before a search of the aircraft was reportedly carried out.
However, the manager of Shaheen Air Station Mushtaq, told local media that there was no bomb threat and that the flight was delayed for "operational reasons".
According to Dubai daily 7DAYS, the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authority received a threatening phone call regarding the flight.
"We received a call that there was a bomb on the plane,” spokesperson Pervez George said.
Flight operations were resumed at the airport soon after the check of the aircraft revealed no explosives.
Security in the vicinity of the airport in Peshawar has already been increased following threats of militant attacks.