|Customs officers seized 24 bars of gold at the Netaji Subhash |
Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata
According to officials in India, cleaners working on an aircraft in eastern India have found 24 gold bars worth £700,000 hidden in a toilet compartment.
The cleaners had boarded the Jet Airways plane at Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) airport on Tuesday after it had travelled from the eastern city of Patna. It had earlier been flying on international routes that included the Middle East.
|Just last month officials seized £1.17million worth of gold from an aircraft |
that landed in Bangladesh
Just last month an aircraft cleaning crew found 280 gold bars worth £1.17 million inside a plane's toilet after it flew from Dubai to the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka. Custom officials and police were aware that the gold had been hidden on the jet, operated by discount airline Flydubai, and the smuggler panicked and left the bars in the toilet.
Smugglers have been using a loophole in India's flight schedules to attempt getting gold into the country without having to declare it to customs officials. The gold is secretly stashed in an aircraft toilet at its international point of departure, where it remains when the plane lands at an Indian city.
|Haul: Officials seized 280 gold bars from a plane's toilet in Bangladesh|
Earlier in the year, police in Bangladesh said, there had been 'scores' of discoveries of gold on planes after couriers had decided the smuggling operation might have been discovered.
Chennai Airport was also the scene of drama last month when 32kg of gold bars were found hidden in the toilet of a plane that had started out in Dubai. And when yet more abandoned gold was found on a plane that had set out from Dubai, landed in Mumbai then continued on to Goa, an Indian intelligence official explained how the system was being operated.