Airplane Bomb Threats

Title: Mid-Air Terror Scare After Bomb "Hoax" On Board Virgin Atlantic Flight
May 12, 2011
The Mirror

Abstract: A mid-air terror scare broke out on a Virgin Atlantic flight after bomb threat note was found in a toilet.

The suspicious letter was discovered by a member of the crew on board a London to Boston flight.

After the plane landed at Logan International Airport, police with sniffer dogs and FBI agents stormed the cabin to search for any suspicious packages.

Passengers and their baggage were also searched but nothing was found.

Phil Orlandella, a spokesman for Logan International Airport, said the note was found on Flight 11 from Heathrow Airport to Boston.

He confirmed that the note referred to a bomb and was found by a flight attendant.

The flight carrying 200 passengers and 16 crew members landed at Logan at around 6pm local time.

US authorities said they do not believe the threat is credible because the note was dated more than a month ago however the investigation continues.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesman said: "As part of standard procedures, the crew and some passengers from a Virgin Atlantic flight were taken to speak to the authorities after a minor hoax incident on board an aircraft inbound into Boston Logan airport.

"The safety of our passengers and crew is our number one priority and at no time was there any threat to anyone on board" (The Mirror, 2011).

Title: US F-15s Dispatched To Escort Canadian Flight After Bomb Threat
Date: April 10, 2012
Source: Fox News

Abstract: A Korean Airlines flight out of Vancouver, Canada, requested U.S. assistance in reaction to a "credible bomb threat" on board, a U.S. official told Fox News.

The U.S. military scrambled two F-15 fighter jets, and the aircraft landed safely with the US military escort at a Canadian military base on Vancouver Island.

Officials are checking now for explosives.

The Canadian Forces says in a news release the flight was traveling from Vancouver International Airport and was diverted at about 5:30 p.m. The military says emergency personnel are securing the aircraft in accordance with normal procedures (Fox News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threat Forces U.S. To Russia Flight To Land In Iceland
Date: August 16, 2012
Huffington Post

Abstract: A passenger jet flying from New York to Moscow made an emergency landing in Iceland on Thursday after a caller claimed there was a bomb on board, a spokeswoman for Russian airline Aeroflot said.

"There was an anonymous call saying that there was an explosive device on the plane, which was already in the air," spokesman Irina Dannenberg said. "The pilot took the decision to land the plane and it landed safely. A search is being conducted."

A spokesman for Iceland's Keflavik airport said 253 people were on board the flight from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. A duty officer at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, the plane's destination, identified it as Aeroflot Flight 103.

"The bomb threat was made sometime earlier in the morning and at 5:30 a.m. GMT the plane decided to head for Keflavik ... The aeroplane landed safely at 6:27 a.m.," said Keflavik spokesman Fridthor Eydal, adding passengers may still be in the process of being taken off the plane.

Russian news agency Interfax, citing an unnamed source, said an anonymous phone call had been made to U.S. law enforcement agencies claiming that five suitcases were filled with explosive materials and that they would detonate upon arrival in Moscow.

Emergency teams also searched an aeroplane in the city of Voronezh, 500 km (300 miles) south of Moscow, for explosives on Thursday after an antonymous phone call was made to the city's airport, but no bomb was found, state-run RIA reported.

A suicide bomb blast in the international arrivals area at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in January 2011 killed 37 people. Islamist insurgents in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility.

Suicide bombers identified as women from the North Caucasus blew up two planes on domestic Russian flights nearly simultaneously in August 2004, killing all 90 people aboard
(Huffington Post, 2012).

Title: New York To Moscow Flight Diverted After Bomb Threat
Date: August 16, 2012
ABC News

Abstract: A passenger jet flying from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Moscow was diverted to Iceland because a caller told a law enforcement agency in New York that there were explosives on board the plane.

A total of 256 people were on board the Russian Aeroflot plane when an anonymous caller told authorities that there were five suitcases on the flight containing explosives, each set to detonate when the plane landed in Moscow, the BBC reported.

Once the plane landed at Keflavik airport, passengers looking out the window saw special forces soldiers running toward the plane. All of the passengers had to evacuate and leave their bags on board, while authorities went through the luggage piece by piece.

Authorities currently say they have found no evidence of any bomb on board.

The call that triggered the diverting of the JFK to Moscow flight was made to a law enforcement agency in New York, sources confirmed to ABC News. Authorities said the flight was diverted out of an abundance of caution.

Aeroflot says it's going to fly the same plane from Iceland to Moscow in a few hours.

Passengers are currently waiting for a new crew to arrive, according to Russian news agency Interfax. The crew on board the plane is reportedly being sent home to Moscow, as crews on the airline work according to set timetables.

The Russian passenger plane Aeroflot took off from New York on Wednesday. Before it was diverted to Iceland, at one point the pilot considered turning the flight back to New York. However, the pilot then decided to go on, only to divert to Iceland.

The plane, an Airbus A330, landed at Iceland's Keflavik international airport Thursday. Baggage and passengers were being inspected, according to The Associated Press (ABC News, 2012).

Title: Bomb Threat Prompts Airplane Search At LAX
October 21, 2012
Fox News

Authorities searched an airplane scheduled to depart from Los Angeles International Airport after someone called police and made a bomb threat.

The airport's police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said in a statement that the aircraft was taken to a remote area on the airfield after the threat was made around 4:40 p.m. Saturday.

The airport says the bomb squad searched the plane as a precaution, and the "aircraft was cleared."

Nettles did not specify the flight, but the Los Angeles Times reports that it is a United Airlines flight bound for London's Heathrow Airport. It's not immediately known how many people were aboard the Boeing 777.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said agents were trying to determine who made the call to police.

A call to United Airlines was not immediately returned (Fox News, 2012).