SOFIA An employee at Sofia airport has been sacked and faces criminal charges soon after mistakenly announcing more than the tannoy that Bulgarian authorities had discovered an explosive device in a van parked outside the airport on Tuesday.
The airport’s chief executive corrected Daniela Veleva’s announcement only a couple of minutes later.
“Pre-trial proceedings have been initiated against the airport’s employee for spreading false details,” Georgi Kostov, the chief secretary of the interior ministry, mentioned on Wednesday.
Police evacuated part of Terminal 1 in Sofia’s international airport as officers moved in around the car with Belgian registration plates.
They found no explosive devices soon after checking the luggage, even though bomb-disposal authorities carried out a controlled explosion on a bag in the van.
Prime Minister Boiko Borisov criticized the airport officials for making panic.
“I am furious soon after the irresponsible actions of those who brought on panic at the airport,” Borisov told regional media, calling the airport officials “a bunch of incompetents”.
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov Editing by Hugh Lawson)