Bomb scare disrupts Canada flight
Threat called false alarm after fighter jets escort Cathay Pacific flight into Vancouver.
Last Modified: 16 May 2010 04:30 GMT
Nothing dangerous was found after the luggage on board the passenger jet was screened [Reuters]

Two fighter jets have escorted a Cathay Pacific aircraft into Vancouver airport following a bomb threat.

The threat turned out to be a false alarm as nothing of concern was found in the baggage and the 283 passengers were taken off the aircraft safely on Saturday.

A bomb threat regarding the aircraft arriving from Kuala Lumpur, via Hong Kong, had been called in to police at 10.45am local time (17:45 GMT).

"There was nothing of any concern on the plane, but when a bomb threat is received, we take that very seriously and our investigation will be continuing," Sherrdean Turley, a police spokeswoman, said.

Canadian F-18 Hornet fighter jets intercepted the Airbus 8340 and flew alongside it until it landed around 1:40pm.

Passengers said they had seen the fighter jets through the aircraft's windows.

"I was scared," one passenger told broadcaster CTV. "It was flying very near to our plane."

"Everyone was quite surprised and taking pictures," Jing Vance, another passenger, told the Vancouver Sun.

The bomb threat was the latest in a series of scares and failed attacks using planes and other methods of transport on the US.

On Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a young Nigerian, allegedly tried to
blow up a Detroit-bound plane, using explosives sewn into his underwear.

The foiled bombing triggered global alarm, leading the US to adopt stringent new screening and security measures at airports around the world, despite the already tight security adopted after the September 11, 2001, attacks.

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