Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Thailand-bound plane returns to Changi over bomb threat

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Deanna Wagner | 06 April, 2018, 06:59

"All passengers and crews from flight TR634 have disembarked safely".

The TR634 flight had to be escorted back by Singapore's Air Force after the threat was made on Singapore Airlines' budget carrier Scoot. He was travelling with two others.

The man had claimed, to a crew member, that he had a bomb in his hand-carry baggage, preliminary police investigations revealed.

He wrote that the F-15SG pilots closely escorted the Scoot plane from the South China Sea to land safely back at Changi Airport, noting that the Singapore Police Force (SPF) is investigating the incident. Police officers are now conducting checks, the police said, adding that there will be more updates provided.

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The suspect has been arrested under legislation that makes it crime to threaten to commit a terrorist act and carries a fine up to $500,000 and possible imprisonment for up to 10 years. Data from flight tracking sites showed the aircraft to be an Airbus A320.

Dr Ng added that RSAF pilots are on standby round the clock, and that "every threat is considered real until proven otherwise".

The plane took off 25 minutes late after the threat was confirmed as a hoax.

"Police are coordinating with Providence security right now", Thim said, "But there is no evacuation in place, and no injuries have been reported". "They keep us and our skies safe".