Flight Aborted

A woman was killed and 62 passengers were
wounded in a stampede Thursday following a bomb hoax aboard a Saudi
Arabian Airlines jumbo jet which was about to take off from Sri
Lanka’s Colombo airport, officials said. A woman was killed and 62 passengers were
wounded in a stampede Thursday following a bomb hoax aboard a Saudi
Arabian Airlines jumbo jet which was about to take off from Sri
Lanka’s Colombo airport, officials said. Six people, including four women, were taken to the nearby Negombo
Base hospital where one of the women, a Sri Lankan national, died from
her injuries, a hospital spokesman said.

“One woman died after admission to the hospital,” the spokesman said.

The Jeddah-bound Boeing 747-300 aircraft, with more than 400
passengers, was not scheduled to take off after the incident Thursday
and the airline said it was making arrangements to send passengers to
nearby hotels.

Airport chief Tiran Alles said 18 more people were taken to another
hospital in the capital Colombo, 35 kilometres (21 miles) to the
south, while others had minor injuries which did not require
hospitalisation.

“A call had come to the airport switchboard warning of a bomb,”
Alles told AFP. “The control towe