Hoax bomb scare by cop on Lion Air flight

Published on : Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Lion Air flightA bomb threat from a passenger on April 5 forced a Jakarta-bound Lion Air flight to turn back and make an emergency landing at Sultan Thaha Airport in Jambi.


The passenger, believed to be a policeman, claimed he was carrying a bomb in his bag when the plane took off for Jakarta.


According to online media, as soon as the plane touched down at Jambi Airport at 8am, a special bomb disposal squad checked the passenger’s bag but no explosive was found.


Operations manager of Angkasa Pura II airport management company, Gurit Setiawan was quoted as saying the passenger was believed to be from the police force and had a police authority card.


This is the second time, this year, when a policeman was involved in a hoax bomb threat while on a plane in Indonesia.


Last January, a police officer from the forensic unit in Bali was arrested for claiming he was carrying a bomb after passing through security and baggage screenings at the Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport, Makassar in South Sulawesi.


The accused policeman claimed he was just humouring the crew and has been detained by a special police team in Jambi to facilitate investigations.


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