By Michael Evans
An airliner bound for Shenzhen made an emergency landing midflight last Thursday after a man called in a fake bomb threat in order to keep his girlfriend from leaving onboard, the Shanghai Daily reports.
The caller, identified by the surname Chen, 32, gave himself up to Anhui police at 2:50am and admitted he didn’t want his girlfriend to go after they quarreled on Wednesday and the woman got on the flight, the airport police said.
Hoax calls have become more frequent this year with more than 10 affecting domestic carriers.
A Shandong Airlines flight SC1170 from Guangzhou to Jinan was diverted in the Hefei Airport after receiving a threatening call on February 8 that proved to be false.
A 28 year old woman was sentenced to three years in prison last month after claiming she had a bomb on board a China United Airlines flight to Urumqi on October 13, 2012. Only two days later, a man said to be mentally ill called in two bomb threats on flights traveling to Lhasa and Nanchang.