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Indian Plane Surrounded after False Hijack Alert

An Indian Airlines plane about to take off from New Delhi for Indian Kashmir was surrounded by troops on Wednesday after a false hijack alarm at the airport, police said. The plane, with 53 people on board, had taxied to the runway at around 11 a.m. (1:30 a.m. EDT) to fly to Kashmir’s main city Srinagar when air traffic controllers received a alarm signal from the cockpit. The Airbus A320 was ordered to park on the side of the runway and encircled by security forces as passengers were ordered off the plane. “It was a false alarm,” a spokesman for state-owned Indian Airlines told Reuters. He said the airline was checking whether the alarm was triggered by a technical fault. The newly leased aircraft had joined the Indian Airlines’ fleet only on Tuesday. Flights to and from Srinagar are subject to intense security because of fears of hijacks by militants fighting Indian rule in its only Muslim-majority state. Full Story

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