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Man triggers a hijack scare on Jet flight, detained along with friend

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kochi: A music channel anchor today set off a hijack and bomb scare on board a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight from here carrying 170 passengers and crew after which he was taken into custody along with his male friend, police said. A spokesman of Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL) said the man was detained for allegedly shooting a video of the Jet aircraft using a mobile phone and writing a message to say he was going to hijack the plane using a 'happy bomb'.

Police said the Mumbai-based man identified as Clince Varghese, 26, and hailing from Thrissur district was an anchor of a popular music channel and he was detained for questioning along with his 27-year-old male friend. The two men were booked on the flight(9W 825) that was delayed by two hours following the incident, an airport official said. Varghese shot the video and typed out the hijack threat message when he reached near the aircraft ladder for boarding the flight which was scheduled to leave at 12.05 PM today, the spokesman said. "Varghese shot the video and wrote the message that he will hijack the plane using 'happy bomb' when he was about to board the flight," he said. He also informed his friend, who had already boarded the flight, about the message, the spokesman said.

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