November 4th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

All-clear given for India-bound flight after emergency hold

[Updated at 5:25 p.m.] An all-clear was given early Friday for Delta Flight 70 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Mumbai, India, after a full emergency had been declared due to an unidentified object in plane's cargo hold, according to a Mumbai airport spokesman.

[Updated at 3:40 p.m.] Delta has said the plane is an Airbus A330 and it was carrying 235 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight originated at New York's John F. Kennedy International airport before stopping in Amsterdam.

A spokesman for India's Central Industrial Security Force had put the number at 247 people earlier.

[Updated at 3:25 p.m.] The plane has landed in Mumbai, and the cargo is being inspected by bomb squads, said Rohit Katiyar, a spokesman for India's Central Industrial Security Force.

He said everyone has been taken off the plane, putting their number at 247.

Delta Airlines said it had "requested a precautionary rescreening" of the cargo shipment.

"We are cooperating with the authorities in their assessment," Delta's Susan Elliott said.

[Posted at 2:39 p.m.] A "full emergency" was declared Thursday on Delta Flight 70 from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to Mumbai, India, "due to an unidentified object on pallet in cargo hold," a Mumbai airport spokesman said.

There are 244 people aboard the plane, Manish Kalghatgi told CNN.

- CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh and David Ariosto contributed to this report.

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  1. Jerry Naranjo

    Good thing they didn't declare a "half emergency". No telling what would have happened then.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Numbaoneballa

    Republican fear mongering

    November 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zolicon

      So what else does one expect from the Party of No?

      November 4, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zolicon

    I wonder if they will ever secure the Airways?

    November 4, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gilbert

    Zolicon, what a funny name. You sound like a medical pill. Can't tell if your male or female, you must be a bi. How sad.

    November 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kellen

    Jeez Gilbert, leave people alone.

    November 5, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kadaath

    The only sad thing here is your comment, Gilbert. Gender matters on a forum post why? Planning on doing a little stalking?

    November 5, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Emergency Medical Flight

    When it comes to emergency medical flight operators you can not and should not compromise on the quality. You should instead consider a highly experienced organisation like RMSI, which has a vast experience with working in remote, hostile and even conflict ridden areas. Their pilots and doctors have many years experience in high demanding environments or they would not be working with RMSI.

    November 15, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |