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Bomb threat in Canada-bound aircraft
Sun, 16 May 2010 05:11:02 GMT
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A bomb threat has caused the Canadian military to send fighter jets to escort a Hong Kong airliner to the Vancouver International Airport, officials say.

Police said on Saturday that no explosives were found on the Cathay Pacific airliner after police searched all the passengers on board.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announced that "nothing of concern" was found and there was no danger to the people on board.

The Airbus A-340 aircraft, escorted by two Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornets, landed safely after the pilot issued an alert.

Local media reported that the threat was made by telephone. Nobody has been arrested.

Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay confirmed the threat, saying that the CF-18 fighters escorted the aircraft to Vancouver and it landed without incident.

There were 283 passengers and 14 crew members on board the plane.

The Canadian Police and the Department of Defense are investigating the incident.

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