Indonesian plane in emergency landing after bomb threat

Air traffic controller receives bomb threat via text message, forcing Jakarta-bound plane to make emergency landing.

    Batik Air is part of Lion Group, which runs Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier Lion Air [AFP]
    Batik Air is part of Lion Group, which runs Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier Lion Air [AFP]

    A passenger plane in Indonesia has been forced to make an emergency landing after air traffic control received a bomb threat, an official said.

    No bomb was found on the plane.

    A police bomb squad examined the Batik Air plane after it landed on Friday in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province with 122 passengers from the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon, J.A. Barata, a spokesman for Indonesia's transport ministry said.

    An air traffic controller in Ambon had received a bomb threat via text message as the plane headed toward its intended destination of Jakarta, he said.

    "A bomb threat forced a Batik Air flight to make an emergency landing this morning in Sultan Hasanuddin airport in Makassar," he said.

    Batik Air is part of Lion Group, which runs Indonesia's biggest low-cost carrier Lion Air.

    SOURCE: AFP,Reuters


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