RCMP investigating Korean Airlines bomb scare
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A full investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is currently underway into a bomb scare which forced a Korean airlines Boeing 777 passenger plane carrying 147 people to Seoul to cancel its flight soon after takeoff from Vancouver International airport on Tuesday.
Authorities are unable to say how long it will take to complete the screening and assessment of the plane’s contents before it can resume its service. “Regular updates are being provided to the airline to assist with their planning,” RCMP media spokesman Sgt. Rob Vermeulen said.
Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled from Portland, Oregeon, intercepted the Korean Airlines plane, Flight No.KE072, and safely escorted it under NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) air cover to Comox Military Base on Vancouver Island at 5:30 pm Tuesday, two hours after the bomb threat had been received at the Korean Airlines Los Angeles call centre.
The airlines had received a similar bomb threat to the same flight on Monday prior to takeoff, but the aircraft was allowed to leave after a security check confirmed the threat to have been a hoax.