Preliminary investigations indicated that the call
was a hoax and may have been the result of a family dispute.
The Emirates flight EK-505 was preparing for takeoff
to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, when it was halted after the airport
received the call saying two passengers on board belonged to a terror
group, the official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn't
authorized to speak to reporters.
The plane was then held back and all the passengers
and baggage screened again, he said, adding that two passengers had
been detained for further questioning, but initial investigations
showed that the call was made as a result of a family dispute.
An Emirates official confirmed the delay in Mumbai
and said two passengers were taken off the plane.
Airport authorities in the western Indian city of
Mumbai delayed a Dubai-bound Emirates flight for more than four hours
after receiving an anonymous phone call that terrorist suspects were
on board, an airport official said Sunday.