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Chinese tourist makes hoax bomb threat, causes flight delay

2012/06/08 23:12:47

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)