A SriLankan Airlines stewardess has been sacked after an internal
inquiry revealed she had made a call to the airline warning of a
bomb on board a flight which was to take off for Singapore.
inquiry revealed that the stewardess, daughter of a Ratnapura gem
merchant, had given the false alarm because she did not want to
fly that day.
Airlines sources said CID detectives had traced the call to her
boyfriend’s mobile phone. This was one of three such bomb
hoaxes in recent months – the other two causing much more
panic, loss and even a death.
one hoax involving a Saudi Air flight from Colombo, a caller warned
of a bomb just before the plane took off and more than 400 passengers
were on board. As panic-stricken passengers scrambled out of the
plane, a Sri Lankan housemaid was killed and scores injured. In
the other incident, a SriLankan flight had taken off for London
and had been in the air for some 45 minutes when a caller warned
of a bomb on board and the plane was brought back to Katunayake.
are continuing investigations on these two cases.