Japanese Jetstar bomb threat: Flight makes emergency landing at Chubu Airport


A plane of the budget airline Jetstar made an emergency landing in the center Japan on Saturday after authorities received an apparent bomb threat from an international caller, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing police sources.

Tokyo’s Narita Airport received the call at 6:20 a.m. Japan time from a man in Germany who said in English that he had placed a bomb on the plane, NHK reported, citing police sources.

The domestic flight from Narita to the southwestern city of Fukuoka was diverted to Chubu Airport, a Chubu Airport spokesman told CNN. All 136 passengers and six crew members on board evacuated the plane there, NHK reported.

Citing police sources, NHK said the man claimed to have placed 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of plastic explosives in the plane’s cargo hold and asked to speak to the “manager” or he would detonate them.

No explosives were found on board the plane, NHK said.

One person was slightly injured as he exited the plane, according to NHK, which broadcast footage of passengers evacuating the plane through emergency chutes.

Pictures shared on social media showed an Airbus A320 operated by Jetstar with its chutes open and passengers evacuated around the plane.

Chubu Airport spokesman said the incident is being investigated and the airport has suspended flights.

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