After reports of at least three Chinese airlines receiving bomb threats yesterday, the same day as the Tiananmen Square terrorist attack arrests were announced, a suspect has been detained for making bomb hoax calls, according to Xinhua.
According to the report, a suspect who called in bomb threats and forced a plane bound for Hangzhou to land in Jianxi Province’s Nanchang City has been arrested by police.
Flight JD5662 of Capital Airlines, a regional carrier, landed at 1:01 p.m. after the airline received a bomb threat call at 12:45 p.m., according to a statement on the company’s official microblog.
The suspect who allegedly made the call has been arrested by police, according to the Changsha Huanghua International Airport. The airport authority did not identify the suspect.
No bombs were found on flight JD5662 and all of the passengers onboard went through rounds of inspection and are safe, according to the report.
Xinhua reports that the suspect allegedly made several bomb threats on Thursday, affecting four different flights leaving and bound for Changsha.
Bloomberg points out that police have arrested at least four people for Chinese airline bomb hoaxes within the past year, with this latest one taking place three days after the described terrorist attack at Tiananmen Square on Monday which killed five and injured at least 38 others.
Officials from China’s airline companies said in Bloomberg’s report that Beijing Capital Airlines diverted one flight while China Southern Airlines Co. (1055)’s unit Xiamen Airlines Co. as well as Sichuan Airlines Co. all delayed flights.
A media official said that China Southern also diverted a flight but refused to specify reasons in the report.