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Singapore Airlines bomb threat: Fighter jets scrambled, man arrested
Published on: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
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A Singapore Airlines Airbus 350 plane (left) and a Singapore air force F16 fighter jet. (AFP and Singapore Mindef file pics via Yahoo! News for general illustration)
A Singapore Airlines Airbus 350 plane (left) and a Singapore air force F16 fighter jet. (AFP and Singapore Mindef file pics via Yahoo! News for general illustration)
Kota Kinabalu: A reportedly foreign national has been arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat on board a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight from San Francisco that landed in Singapore early today, according to reports. 

Singapore also scrambled fighter jets to escort fight SQ33, which landed at Changi Airport at about 5.50am,the Straits Times reported.

Earlier, at about 2.40am, Singapore police was alerted to the alleged bomb threat.

The aircraft was taxied to a remote area of the airport for security checks, according to a Singapore Airlines spokesman.

“Teams from the Singapore Army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Defence Group and Airport Police Division were on site to verify the claims. The threat was subsequently verified to be false, and the suspicious person has been arrested,” said Singapore’s Ministry of Defence n Facebook.

The aircraft was towed to Changi Airport Terminal 3 after the security checks were completed. 

“Preliminary investigations indicate that a 37-year-old male passenger had allegedly claimed that there was a bomb in a hand-carry bag, and had assaulted the crew," the police said.

"He was restrained by the crew, and subsequently arrested by the police under Regulation 8(1) of the United Nations (Anti-Terrorism Measures) Regulations and for suspected consumption of controlled drugs. Police investigations are ongoing."

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