Bomb threat grounds airliner in B.C.

A bomb threat forced a Korean Air plane to make an emergency landing at a military base on Vancouver Island on Tuesday. The plane was heading from Vancouver to Seoul, South Korea, but turned around after the company received a bomb threat by phone at the company’s office in Los Angeles just 25 minutes after take-off.

Fighter jets from the U.S. air force scrambled from Portland, Ore., to escort the plane, which landed safely at a Canadian Air Force base in Comox, B.C., about 180 km north west of Vancouver.  It was the second bomb threat the company had received this week. On Monday, the same flight was targeted, forcing a two-hour delay before take-off in Vancouver, a Korean Air spokesman told the CBC.

The 149 passengers had to spend the night in hotels while the RCMP inspected the plane, but nothing suspicious had been found by Wednesday morning.