Kathmandu, Sep 25: Close on the heels of all 19 people on board a domestic flight in Nepal perishing in a plane crash, Indian budget airline SpiceJet’s Delhi flight was delayed due to a bomb scare, unleashing chaos at Katmandu’s lone international airport Sunday.
The flight, scheduled to take off at 10.55 a.m. from Kathmandu, was halted after rumours that a bomb had been stowed away on board.
A private television channel said the bomb scare arose after an altercation among three Indian women and an American Buddhist nun.
The pilot reportedly heard the nun saying she had a bomb and the aircraft came to a halt on the runway.
A Nepal Army team then searched the cabin and passengers but no explosive was found. The scare led to incoming flights being diverted to Kolkata and Lucknow in India.
The SpiceJet flight had not taken off till late afternoon.