A suspect has been detained in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region after planes were grounded on Monday following a “terrorist threat”. However, Xinhua reports that on Tuesday two further planes (flying out of Nanchang and Lhasa) had to delay take-off after receiving threats.
Two flights, CA4111 and CA1578, received threat calls before takeoff Tuesday and are going through safety checks again, Air China said.
— Xinhua News Agency (@XHNews) October 9, 2012
In Urumqi, a man, surnamed Wang, confessed to making a fake terrorist threat that led to the forced landing of an international passenger plane on Monday night. A four-hour-long security check on the Boeing 757 found no explosives or other suspicious items.
Bomb threats against planes in China are becoming more common. An Air China flight to New York was grounded in late August following a threatening message, the threat turned out to be a hoax. During the same month, a man in central China called in a fake bomb threat to stop a creditor aboard a domestic flight from collecting his debt, he was later detained.