Fake bomb threat grounds two planes

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By HOU LIQIANG houliqiang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Two flights to Urumqi, cap­i­tal of the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion, were di­verted to other air­ports on Thurs­day over a false bomb threat.

Ac­cord­ing to Juneyao Air­lines, one of its flight crew on flight HO1255 got a note from a pas­sen­ger say­ing that his friend called and threat­ened to blow up the air­craft be­cause he missed the flight.

The pas­sen­ger said in the note that he was wor­ried there were ex­plo­sives in the lug­gage that his friend asked him to take. The pi­lots then de­cided to land in Lanzhou, cap­i­tal of Gansu prov­ince.

The air­line said that the friend had missed his flight be­cause he was shop­ping at the air­port and so changed to flight HO1229.

Fol­low­ing the threat, flight HO1229 landed at Nan­jing Lukou In­ter­na­tional Air­port for a se­cu­rity check by lo­cal po­lice and flight HO1255 landed at Lanzhou Zhongchuan air­port.

An of­fi­cer of the Nan­jing Lukou In­ter­na­tional Air­port Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Bureau told China News Ser­vice that they held one pas­sen­ger on flight HO1229 who was a sus­pect in a crim­i­nal case.

An­other of­fi­cer told Bei­jing News that the bomb threat was false.

Pas­sen­gers, flight crew and the air­craft are all safe, the com­pany said.

In an­other case, po­lice pa­trolling at Lanzhou Rail­way Sta­tion found a tubu­lar ob­ject they sus­pected to be ex­plo­sive around 4 pm.

The po­lice sealed off the sta­tion and evac­u­ated the crowds. The sta­tion re­turned to nor­mal around 5:30 pm af­ter po­lice ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­plo­sives.

XUE CHAOHUA / CHINA DAILY

Po­lice of­fi­cers pa­trol Lanzhou Rail­way Sta­tion in Gansu prov­ince af­ter a sus­pected ex­plo­sive de­vice was found on Thurs­day. Po­lice later an­nounced that it was not ex­plo­sive.

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