Published: Sun, August 19, 2018

Man arrested in Chile over bomb threats that caused…

Man arrested in Chile over bomb threats that caused…

Chilean police arrested two men over bomb threats that grounded nine commercial airplanes in Chile, Peru and Argentina on Thursday.

"They did not return it to him and since he was annoyed with the [airline] companies and with the entire air traffic control system, it seems like he made these calls", Rojas said.

Hundreds of passengers and their luggage were grounded at airports around the region after threats were made toward planes operated by LATAM airlines, a major regional carrier, and Sky, a low-priced Chilean airline.

Police patrol with dogs near the LATAM airlines gates in Jorge Chavez airport in Callao, Peru, August 2018. In two cases, the bomb threat was obviously a hoax, because the caller spoke about non-existent flights.

All of the planes were declared free of explosives, and at least one plane was later allowed to resume its flight, he said.


The telephoned threats were made to a ticket counter, a LATAM operations centre in Colombia and civil aviation authorities.

Latam flight 433 from Mendoza, Chile to Santiago was evacuated on the runway due to another bomb threat, while Latam flight 800, coming from Auckland, New Zealand, performed an emergency landing at its destination of Santiago.

"The affected passengers will be transferred by LATAM onto other flights", it said. "The authorities have not at this moment found any evidence that might put passengers at risk".

Police are investigating the incidents.

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