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Hijack hoax in Delhi.

A HIJACK alert turned out to be a false alarm last night.

An internal Indian flight was apparently taken over while travelling from Bombay to New Delhi.

The plane landed at New Delhi and a tense stand-off developed. But passengers left the plane unharmed.

An anonymous hoax phone call to an air traffic control station set off the chain of events, said Civil Aviation Minister Shahnawaz Hussain. He said the pilot, Captain Ashwini Behl, 33, was told about the phone call and sealed his cockpit door.

The pilot thought the hijackers were among the passengers, he said.

Meanwhile, the passengers thought the hijackers were in the cockpit, said Hussain.

There was also confusion, Hussain said, because one of the passengers did try to enter the cockpit, saying he was some sort of official. But he did not have proper identification.
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