Bomb scare delays flight

A BOMB scare delayed an Air Philippines flight from Davao to Manila for nearly four hours after the pilot intercepted a radio message claiming that that there’s a bomb on board his aircraft on Wednesday evening, June 1.

Reports reaching Camp Crame’s operations center said that Air Philippines flight 2P 988 was about to take off from runway 23 of Davao International Airport at around 11:25 p.m. when the aircraft’s pilot intercepted a message on the aircraft’s radio frequency.

The message, according to the aircraft’s pilot identified only as Captain Garcia, was a male voice that said “urgent there is a bomb on board,” which was also intercepted by Melvin Sajenes, the duty air traffic controller.

The pilot decided to return the aircraft, an Airbus A-320, back to tarmac and advised all the 176 passengers on board to disembark.

At the tarmac, elements of the PNP Aviation Security Group, K9 unit and Special Operations Unit conducted a paneling inside the aircraft and inspected all the cargoes and baggage.

The reports said that at around 1 a.m. Thursday, June 2, the aircraft was declared safe and clear from explosive and incendiary device and was allowed to resume its flight back to Manila an hour later. Anthony Vargas

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