Alert: bomb hoax clears Durban airport

2008-12-12 00:00

Durban International Airport came to a standstill when several flights had to be diverted due to a bomb scare.

Police dogs combed the airport after the hoax caller told staff that there was a bomb in the airport.

Employees of several airlines had to help calm nervous travellers down while the bomb squad conducted the search. Some flights were diverted, while others were delayed. The airport became operational at midday.

Airports Company of South Africa spokesman Colin Naidoo said that the police and the bomb squad were called in and cordoned off the airport, before conducting a thorough sweep of the building and aircraft.

An officer at the airport said that the hoax call was received just after 7 am by an airport employee.

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