Fighter jets intercept plane after passenger bomb threat

Two fighter jets were scrambled to intercept and escort a Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco to Changi Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat and attacked a crew member, officials said.

The “unruly passenger” made the threat aboard Flight SQ33, which departed from San Francisco International Airport around 10 p.m. local time Monday, Business Insider reported.

“Early today, two of our F16C/D were activated to escort a Singapore Airlines flight departing from San Francisco to Singapore. This was due to a suspected bomb threat on board the aircraft,” the Singapore Air Force said in a statement to CNN on Wednesday.

“Our fighters escorted the airliner until it landed safely at Changi Airport,” he added.

The Singapore Ministry of Defense said the “37-year-old male passenger allegedly claimed there was a bomb in a purse and attacked the crew.”

It added that “teams from the (Army’s) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Defense Group and Airport Police Department were on the scene to verify the claims.”

No bomb was found on board, officials said.

The airline said the passenger was “detained on board”.

“The safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority,” the company said, according to CNN. “All passengers and crew disembarked normally at 9:20 am (Singapore time).”

“We support the authorities in their investigation and regret that we cannot provide any further information,” she added.

The incident is being further investigated. Fighter jets intercept plane after passenger bomb threat


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