The crew of a Korean Air 777 airliner was forced to make an emergency landing at a military airbase on Vancouver Island after the airline received its second bomb threat in two days.
Korean Air flight 72, with 149 people on board, had taken off from Vancouver International Airport headed for Seoul, South Korea, at 2:30 p.m. PT Tuesday.
The crew turned back off the north coast of B.C. after a bomb threat was made in a telephone call to the airline’s Los Angeles office, a Korean Air spokesman told CBC News.
The flight was diverted to the airbase at Comox, on Vancouver Island, escorted by U.S. Air Force F-15 fighter jets that had been scrambled from Portland, Ore., according to Victoria’s Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre.
Another threat was phoned in on Monday against Korea Air flight 72 before it took off, forcing a two-hour delay as RCMP cleared passengers off the aircraft to check for explosive devices, said James Koh, of Korea Air’s Vancouver office.
Koh said the caller spoke English and authorities have a voice recording of both calls and are investigating.
Tuesday’s flight landed at about 5:50 p.m. PT, without incident.
It’s not clear yet when the flight will be able to takeoff from Comox, about 120 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, and whether or not it will be able to resume its course to Seoul.