25 sept 2011
Karnataka’s Hubli airport on high alert against terror attack
Hubli airport in north Karnataka has been put on high alert after a tip-off by intelligence agencies that a small aircraft may be hijacked and crashed into an high rise building in Mumbai, as in the 9/11 attacks, a senior police officer said late Sunday.
“We have beefed up security and deployed additional personnel in and around the small airport to prevent such an attempt (hijack) or a repeat of 9/11 in our country,” Hubli Police Commissioner K. Ramchandra Rao told IANS.
Located about 10 km from the commercial city and about 400 km from Bangalore, the airport is managed by the state-run Airports Authority of India (AAI), with Kingfisher’ Airline’s budget carrier operating a daily flight from Bangalore to Mumbai via Hubli and back.
“After alert from intelligence sources and inputs from related agencies on the possibility of terrorists plotting to use smaller airports in the state to hijack a smaller aircraft and crash into a tall building in Mumbai, we held a meeting Saturday with the airport manager and other stakeholders, including the operating airline (Kingfisher) to step up vigil and plug loopholes,” Rao said.