Four senior Air India staff have been suspended after a stun grenade was found on board one of its aircraft.
The diffused anti-riot stun grenade was found on the upper deck first-class cabin on one of Air India’s 747-400 aircraft last Saturday (October 4), local papers report.
Flight 965 flew on a Delhi-Mumbai-Hyderabad-Jeddah route, before landing at Jeddah where local staff found the bomb.
The aircraft had been on standby for India’s prime minister Narendra Modi’s trip to the US. It was taken off standby and deployed by the National Security Guard for an anti-hijack drill, during which time the grenade was left inside the aircraft.
Union civil aviation minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, ministry officers and the bureau of civil aviation security are to hold a security review.