Lovelorn man behind false bomb alert at airport

13th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

NICE, France, July 13 (AFP) - A lovelorn man resorted to desperate measures to prevent a woman from leaving the French Riviera city of Nice -- calling in a false bomb threat that kept her Poland-bound plane grounded for hours.

NICE, France, July 13 (AFP) - A lovelorn man resorted to desperate measures to prevent a woman from leaving the French Riviera city of Nice -- calling in a false bomb threat that kept her Poland-bound plane grounded for hours.

The man, whose identity was not released, placed an anonymous call warning late Tuesday that a bomb was on board a Warsaw-bound jet operated by the Polish company LOT, airport officials said.

The airliner was held on the tarmac for more than two hours as all 32 passengers were evacuated, their luggage removed from the aircraft, and a security team searched the plane with bomb-sniffing dogs.

Police quickly identified the caller and detained him for questioning. The man admitted to having issued the empty threat in a bid to block the departure of a female Lithuanian passenger who was the object of his affections.

The Nice airport and the Polish airline plan to file formal complaints against the man, who could be placed under investigation in France -- the first step toward the filing of formal charges -- for disrupting air traffic.

The plane finally took off late Tuesday, nearly three hours after its scheduled departure.

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Subject: French news

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