For love, Chilean woman phones in bomb threat

7th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A Chilean woman desperate to keep her boyfriend home called in a bomb threat as his Iberia airline flight to Spain prepared for takeoff, police said Monday.

Francisca Galleguillos allegedly warned authorities about the would-be bomb Sunday, when her boyfriend was scheduled to depart from Santiago's international airport to Madrid, according to a police source who requested anonymity.

Marco Arancibia, 39, was traveling to Spain to begin working on a cruise ship for eight months, and there were no stops in Chile, according to local media reports.

Galleguillos was arrested and transferred to a detention center in Santiago.

Flight 6830 was at the point of takeoff when she called authorities and made the false report. As a result, 312 passengers were evacuated.

After the crew and passengers got off, authorities searched the plane and did not find any explosives, Eduardo del Canto, head of airport security, told journalists.

The passengers spent the night at a Santiago hotel and were booked onto a flight to Spain scheduled to depart Monday night, local media reported.

The woman initially told authorities that her boyfriend's father was hospitalized in an accident, police said. But when that tale proved insufficient, she reported a bomb on the plane.

© 2011 AFP

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