May 15 2010
CANADIAN National Defence scrambled two CF-18 fighter jets from CFB Comox after a bomb threat was made aboard a Cathay Pacific flight enroute to a Vancouver airport Saturday afternoon.
Of course, they aren’t giving the name or nationality of the maker of the threats.
SEE CANADIAN NEWS VIDEO HERE: CATHAY PACIFIC BOMB THREAT
SEE BBC VIDEO HERE: BOMB THREAT H/T Miira
Cathay Pacific flight number 839 was enroute when the pilot issued an alert. The Department of National Defence immediately sent its fight jets into action from Comox, B.C., say sources. A search and rescue aircraft plus a military helicopter also responded to the call in case the incident developed.
The jets escorted the plane into Vancouver International Airport along its scheduled flight path at around 1:40 p.m. local time. The jets have since returned to CFB Comox. Defence Minister Peter MacKay confirmed the threat.
“The CF-18 escorted the aircraft to Vancouver and it landed without incident,” MacKay said. The order to send the jets was made from the Canadian Norad regional headquarters in Winnipeg.
Major Holly Apostoliuk, a public affairs spokesperson for the DND, would not say how long it took the fighter jets to reach the aircraft. “At any point we can have the aircraft on the ground or airborne to respond to any threats that may occur,” she told CTV News Channel Saturday evening.
There are unconfirmed reports the plane is sitting on the tarmac with passengers still on board. The plane has been towed to a remote part of the airport, away from the terminal.
A staircase was seen being brought up to the plane’s open doorway. Fire crews could be seen standing by.
One man who is waiting for his friends in the airport’s arrivals area, told The Canadian Press that he was told by airport officials that it would be a long wait until the passengers were allowed off the plane. “They are saying that they are checking every bag,” said Kevin Yip. LINK H/T herr OYAL