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Unclaimed bag stops flight

An IndiGo flight to Bangalore aborted take-off at Calcutta airport on Monday afternoon after an unclaimed bag was found near the cockpit.

The Airbus A320 aircraft carrying 152 passengers was taken to the airport’s isolation bay, where it was stranded for nearly three hours before the security agencies gave the go- ahead.

Airport officials said the Calcutta-Bangalore flight was scheduled to take off at 3pm and was taxiing on the runway when a member of the cabin crew spotted the unclaimed bag in front of the cockpit.

“The pilot immediately called air traffic control to inform them about the unclaimed bag and turned back towards the parking bay,” airport director B.P. Sharma said.

Airport sources said the red-and-black bag was found to contain a shirt and a mobile phone. “The bag was apparently given by someone to a member of the cabin crew in Ranchi to hand over to a person in Bangalore. The flight attendant disembarked in Calcutta but forgot to tell the colleague who replaced her about the bag,” an airport official said.

After the aircraft reached the isolation bay, the passengers were asked to disembark for the bomb detection and disposal squad to scan the bag and the plane.

The flight took off for Bangalore at 6pm. IndiGo has ordered a probe into the incident, sources said.