Passenger plane forced to land in Peru due to bomb threat - Ireland

Passenger plane forced to land in Peru due to bomb threat - Ireland

Four planes were forced to make emergency landings in Chile and Peru on Thursday due to bomb threats issued to the Chilean Civil Aviation Authority, it said in a statement.

Police launched an investigation into the incident.

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.

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No one was injured on LATAM flight 2369 and a team for deactivating explosives has been notified, the ministry said. He did not say what the procedure consisted of but said no explosives had been found. Chile-based LATAM is Latin America's largest airline.

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Later Thursday, Victor Villalobos Collao, director of Chile's civilian aviation authority, said authorities had received a total of 11 threats and had to carry out "a procedure" with respect to nine of them.

"The affected passengers will be transferred by LATAM onto other flights", it said.

The telephoned threats were made to a ticket counter, a LATAM operations centre in Colombia and civil aviation authorities. Other planes had already reached their destination or had not taken off.

There was no apparent link between the two arrested men, the spokeswoman, María Angelica Venegas, said in an interview. "His case will be processed and he will be put at the disposal of the courts".

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