Spaniard arrested for bomb hoax on flight
1 March 2005, LONDON-A Spanish passenger was arrested after falsely claiming there was a bomb aboard an airliner in which he was about to depart from a British airport for Spain, police said.
1 March 2005
LONDON-A Spanish passenger was arrested after falsely claiming there was a bomb aboard an airliner in which he was about to depart from a British airport for Spain, police said.
The 36-year-old man made the hoax bomb threat on a 5:45 pm Ryanair flight from Stanstead airport outside London to Reus in northeastern Spain with 132 passengers and crew.
"The arrest followed reports from the crew of a Ryanair flight who stated the man had made reference to explosives as the flight to Spain prepared to take off," a police spokesman said.
The plane was moved to a safe position to be checked by officers, and the suspect was taken into custody.
"A search of the plane was conducted to the satisfaction there was no threat to the safety of passengers and the fight will shortly depart the airport," the spokesman said.
An airport spokesman confirmed that the plane was safe and ready to leave.
"The flight was checked over, as were the remaining passengers, and they all were reboarded and the flight is due to depart," the airport spokesman said at 8.00pm.
The false threat came just hours after a Muslim man in London admitted in a British court plotting to down an airliner with a bomb packed into his shoe, a conspiracy
linked to jailed "shoe bomber" Richard Reid.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]