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All-clear given for India-bound flight after emergency declaration

From Sara Sidner, CNN
  • NEW: The all-clear is given for the flight in Mumbai early Friday
  • The flight originated at New York's JFK airport
  • An unidentified object in the cargo hold sparks the alert

New Delhi, India (CNN) -- An all-clear was given early Friday for Delta Flight 70 from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Mumbai, India, after a "full emergency" had been declared due to an unidentified object in plane's cargo hold, according to a Mumbai airport spokesman.

"Full emergency withdrawn. ... Security agencies have cleared the on-board cargo," said Mumbai International Airport spokesman Manish Kalghatgi.

The all-clear was given at 1:50 a.m. Friday (4:20 p.m. Thursday ET), he said.

A "full emergency" had been declared Thursday on the flight "due to an unidentified object on a pallet in the cargo hold," Kalghatgi said.

After the plane landed in Mumbai the cargo was inspected by bomb squads, said Rohit Katiyar, a spokesman for India's Central Industrial Security Force.

He said everyone had been taken off the plane.

Delta said the plane is an Airbus A330 that was carrying 235 passengers and 12 crew members. The flight originated at New York's John F. Kennedy International airport before stopping in Amsterdam.

Delta Airlines said it had "requested a precautionary rescreening" of the cargo shipment.

"We are cooperating with the authorities in their assessment," Delta's Susan Elliott said.

CNN's Harmeet Shah Singh, David Ariosto and Vivian Kuo contributed to this report.