Bomb threat delays Butuan flights

TWO commercial flights bound to Cebu was briefly delayed for nearly two hours at Bancasi Airport in Butuan City Thursday following a reported bomb threat on board the planes, a police reports said Friday.

The two commercial flights that were delayed were both belong to Cebu Pacific Inc., reports reaching the PNP operation center in Camp Crame said.

The reports said that at around 2pm Thursday, Engineer Maria Palo, head of control tower of Bancasi Airport received a text message from unknown number saying the plane’s cargo bay contains explosives.

Cebu Pacific flight 5J 224 bound for Cebu was ready for take-off when it was stopped by personnel of the PNP Aviation and Security Group (ASG) called in by airport authorities, the reports said.

The reports said that said plane along with another Cebu Pacific flight 5J 788 were cleared of passengers while explosive and ordnance team from Butuan City Police and 402nd Infantry Brigade coming in.

Police and army ordnance team searched the passengers’ luggage and the two planes cargoes for nearly two hours but found no explosives, the reports said.

The reports added that the two commercial planes were then allowed to depart the Bancasi Airport to their respective destination after authorities assured no bomb were planted at the two plane.

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