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By T.K.G. Kapila

KATUNAYAKE (Daily Mirror) - Air India flight AI-272, which departed from Katunayake Airport for Chennai, India, was suspended this afternoon after a parcel with two kilograms of gold inside was found in the lavatory of the plane, airport customs said.

They said the flight was cancelled while assuming that the parcel was a bomb.

The Customs officials said the black parcel was found while the flight was on the runway for take-off at 1.35 p.m.

The security personnel had found the unclaimed black parcel in the rear lavatory of the plane during its final inspection.

The flight did not take off and returned to the airport. The passengers were disembarked, and the flight was taken to an isolated area by the officials of the bomb squad.

The parcel was checked by the bomb squad, who confirmed that it was not a bomb but a parcel containing gold.
Later, the parcel with the gold weighing two kilograms was handed over to the airport customs officials for further investigations. No arrests have been made over this incident.

Later, the plane left Katunayake airport at 4.43 p.m. for Chennai, India.


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  • Find out? Saturday, 11 November 2023 02:15 AM

    How it has come in to the plane?

    Ram Saturday, 11 November 2023 04:43 AM

    We became richer by the value of the gold. Ha ha haaa

    Editor modaya Saturday, 11 November 2023 05:20 AM

    How...How....How.....this amount of gold without beeing checked by the CUSTOM OFFICERS has come inside the aircraft. Brought and dropped by the cleaner? to be picked by a passenger. Find man without sitting

    Spartacus Saturday, 11 November 2023 05:20 AM

    This is a normal activity of smuggling by Staff members of Sri Lankan specifically those in maintenance. One of there colleagues travels on a free ticket, carries the gold onto the flight and hides it in a designated place they know. On arrival in CMB airport his colleague in Maintenance duty walks in and collects the stuff and keeps it in his locker until he finds it safe to walk out with it through the staff entry gates.

    Mohamed Saturday, 11 November 2023 09:27 AM

    How did it pass the final check point at the airport? Need to check and must re check the extra machine or did the gold came from India on the same flight and the passenger accidentally left when he was leaving the plane

    ChildOfGod Saturday, 11 November 2023 11:00 AM

    Have a look at the Camera down the isle, will know if a staff member and or passenger went into the toilet, arrest all who used the toilet from time of cleaning plane for flight departure until take off. We all know there are no camera's in any toilets, but with the camera up and down the isles, one could tell if it was a staff member, cleaner and or passenger from when they left their seat, up to toilet and return. However the cameras should have been switched on in the plane which I presume were on. Has to be a inside job or one with inside help.

    Mohan Saturday, 11 November 2023 11:04 AM

    @Spartacus: This was an Air India plane. Not Sri Lankan. Which sane minded person would hide gold in the toilet?

    Joshua Saturday, 11 November 2023 03:44 PM

    Was Rajapakshes in the plane?

    ANNECUNT Saturday, 11 November 2023 06:12 PM

    basil always take gold ,the reason he goes through diplomatic channel only

    Nagawatte John Sunday, 12 November 2023 11:27 AM

    Wonderful! Go after all politicians, their family members and all henchmen came by this plane! Then easy catch and acquit the case!


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