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9/11 attack planned on Mumbai

Mumbai/Hubli, Sept 26 (): Intelligence agencies have alerted airports in India to look for terrorists who would hijack a small aircraft and crash it into a building in Mumbai on the lines of 9/11 attack on WTC in USA. Agencies however did not reveal as to which terror outfit was planning this operation. They have asked Hubli which is 10 km from Mumbai and 400 km from Bangalore to be on high alert as it could be the likely airport from where the hijacking could take place.

Smaller airports which have less traffic and used mostly by private owned small aircrafts are vulnerable as they have very little security mechanism in place. Hubli airport managed by the Airport Authority of India has only one commercial flight a day run by Kingfisher. The flight connects Hubli with Bangalore and Mumbai. During election time private jets and helicopters arrives. Sometime chartered flights too arrive carrying tourists who visit the historical monuments of North Karnataka as well as the famous Jog falls.

Hubli City Police Commissioner has asked AAI to install CCTV cameras and is checking out the background of personnel employed by the airport as well the Kingfisher. More policemen have been deployed around the airport.

Meanwhile Air Traffic controllers in all airports have been asked not clear any private aircrafts big or small until higher authorities check it up and give the orders. Hubli-based VRL Logistics Limited which operates air charter flights catering to VIP’s and corporate sector said special security arrangements have been put in place following the alert to ensure that their Hawker Beech craft Premier Jet 1A aircraft is safe and secure.

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