Phuket airport director Mrs Mornrudee Katephan said that flight NWS 2478 of Nordwind Airlines was supposed to leave the airport at 10.35 am but the complaint from the passenger, identified as Alexander Nosov, 25, prompted the captain to alert the control tower and brought the plane back to the parking apron.
All the 369 passengers were asked to leave the plane for the airport’s departure lounge where they were searched by airport security officials. Meanwhile all the luggages were removed from the cargo bay and thoroughly searched by and members of the bomb disposal squad.
No bombs or other dangerous items were found but the search took between 5-6 hours. But officials at the control tower said they would notify the flight captain when the plane was allowed to leave for Moscow.
Meanwhile, Mr Nosov was taken to Tha Chatchai police station for questioning. Police said that the Russian tourist went asleep as soon as he boarded the plane. But when the plane’s doors were shut down, he immediately woke up and shouted that the plane was unsafe, said the police, adding that he had no ill intention to cause trouble.
However, the flight captain has refused to accept Nosov on board and the Russian consular office was notified to look after the tourist.
Latest report said the flight left at 5.28 pm with all the passengers except Mr Nosov.