Australian arrested for bomb threat on SIA flight

Australian arrested for bomb threat on SIA flight

SINGAPORE - A 46-year-old Australian man was arrested for allegedly making a bomb threat on board a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight last Saturday, reported Wanbao.

According to the report, the suspect had threatened to bomb the plane while it was en route to Singapore from Rome.

Fearing for the passengers' safety, the crew reported the matter to the police at 12.36am, while the flight was still in the air. The plane landed at Changi Airport later at 6.04am, according to the Chinese daily.

Police told Wanbao that they arrested the suspect after the plane landed.

According to officers, the suspect seemed to be in a poor mental state and was sent to the Institute of Mental Health to be assessed.

When contacted, SIA responded that there were 233 passengers and 14 crew members on board the flight SQ365 when the incident occured.

A spokesperson for the airline also told Wanbao that investigations are ongoing and declined to comment further.

ysheryl@sph.com.sg

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