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Woman killed in evacuation of Saudi 747 after bomb scare
8 September 2005

A Sri Lankan woman passenger was killed and 70 injured during an emergency evacuation of a Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 747-300 following a bomb scare, at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Flight SV 781 was taxiing for take-off to Jeddah when the airport received an anonymous telephone call warning of a bomb threat. The captain decided to evacuate the airplane. The ensuing panic among the 430 passengers to scramble onto the sliding liferafts caused a stampede, which claimed the woman’s life. The bomb threat later appeared to be a hoax. (Daily News)