At aproximately 10:35am, Nordwind flight NWS 2478 was grounded at Phuket International Airport (HKT) by its captain, who radioed in for a full flight safety inspection after a passenger, named as 25-year-old Alexandar Nosof [transliteration] commented that he did not want to travel on the plane because he felt unsafe.
All the passengers were promptly escorted off the plane, which was taxied at safe distance on the west runway, where a UOD bomb inspection team moved into to remove and inspect all of the bags and cargo on the plane.
The top-level inspection, which took the better part of four hours , did not uncover anything unusual. The Airport Authority of Thailand issued clearance for the flight to resume its normal course, and take-off was tentatively set at 4pm.
Alexandar, however, will not be joining the flight back to Moscow as he being detained for questioning at Tha Chadchai Police Station, though no charges have yet been filed.