Taipei, June 8 (CNA) A China Airlines flight with a total of 265 people on board was delayed by about one and a half hours Friday due to a hoax bomb threat by a Chinese tourist, the country's largest carrier said.
The company said the suspect, surnamed Wu, told flight attendants before departure that he was carrying a bomb with him.
The Chinese suspect was taken into custody, the police said. Noexplosives was found, according to the company.
After a 101-minute delay, passengers and their luggagewent through safety procedures again. The A330 plane bound forHong Kong was cleared for departure and took off at 3:31 p.m.
Police said the man could face a jail sentence of up to three years or a fine up to NT$1 million (US$33,700) under the Civil Aviation Act.
Coincidentally, the same flight experienced a delay due to a similar reason on May 29, when a local man said he had planted a bomb on the aircraft.
(By Lee Hsin-Yin)