Korean Airlines jetliner lands after bomb threat

Posted: April 11, 2012 in Airlines, Asia, Canada
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TORONTO (AP) — A Korean Airlines Boeing 777 en route from Vancouver to Seoul was diverted to a nearby Canadian military base after the airline’s U.S. call center received a bomb threat.

Authorities continued to search the aircraft early Wednesday and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said nothing suspicious had yet been found.

Authorities continued to search the aircraft early Wednesday and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said nothing suspicious had yet been found

Authorities continued to search the aircraft early Wednesday and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said nothing suspicious had yet been found.

Korean Airlines said in a statement that the call center received the threat Tuesday about 25 minutes after take-off from Vancouver International Airport. Airline officials said the aircraft with 149 passengers then turned around.

Maj. Holly Apostoliuk, a Canadian spokeswoman for The North American Aerospace Defense Command, said two U.S. F-15 fighter jets from Portland, Oregon, escorted the plane to Canada’s Comox air base on Vancouver Island, 113 miles (182 kilometers) outside Vancouver.

The passengers and crew stayed overnight in the area while officials did a detailed search of the plane’s luggage on Wednesday, RCMP Inspector Byron Massie said.

Massie said nothing suspicious had yet been found.

Massie said the same Korean Airlines flight out of Vancouver faced a similar threat Monday and the all-clear was given after a two hour search. He said Monday’s threat was called in somewhere other than the airline’s U.S. call center but he declined to say where.

Korean Air spokeswoman Penny Pfaelzer, based in Los Angeles, said that the caller warned that an explosive was on board the aircraft.

An airline spokeswoman in Korea said all the passengers and crew were safe and that the airline would decide on a new departure time after a safety inspection.

Read the full Associated Press story here….


By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press
11th April 2012

Associated Press writers Hyung-jin Kim in Seoul
and Jay Arnold in Washington contributed to the
report.


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