Flight escorted to Singapore by fighter jets after passenger makes bomb threat

Erika Holt
April 5, 2018

It had taken off from Singapore about two hours earlier, the city-state's Straits Times newspaper reported.

According to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) deployed two F-15SG jets "within minutes" to escort Scoot flight TR634 from the South China Sea back to Singapore. This is protocol for such incidents, sources said.

Budget carrier Scoot has announced on Thursday (5 April) that its flight TR634 bound for Hat Yai has returned safely to Singapore, escorted by Singapore's air force, after an alleged bomb threat by one of its passengers.

"The passenger who allegedly made the bomb threat and his two other travel companions are now assisting Police further with investigations", it added.

"The passenger who allegedly made the bomb threat and his two other travel companions are now assisting police further with investigations", police said in a Facebook post.

Scoot, in a statement on Thursday afternoon, said that the aircraft landed safely at 3.23pm.

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"We're working closely with the authorities for the necessary follow-up to ensure the safety of our guests", said the airline.

The airline also confirmed that the aircraft was declared safe "after investigations and associated procedures were concluded".

Responding to TODAY's queries, the local airline operator added that the flight will resume its journey to Hat Yai at 6.30pm.

The man was arrested under United Nations anti-terrorism regulations, said the police.

The suspect has been arrested under legislation that makes it crime to threaten to commit a terrorist act and carries a fine up to $500,000 and possible imprisonment for up to 10 years.

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