A Korean Air passenger jet made an emergency landing at a Canadian military base after the airline's Los Angeles office received a bomb threat on Wednesday.
Two U.S. Air Force F-15 fighters intercepted the Boeing 777 and forced it to land at Comox, a Canadian air force base on Vancouver Island, after receiving word of the threat, reported CNN.
From time to time planes do get diverted here for weather reasons, said Comox Mayor Paul Ives, reported the Global Mail. But this is the first time in a long time I would imagine that we've had this kind of diversion.
Based on North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement, fighter jets can respond to situations across borders.
It was two F-15s from Portland, Oregon, that conducted the intercept, said Maj. Holly Apostoliuk from Winnipeg.
Korean Air Flight 72 was en route to the South Korean capital of Seoul and was only in the air for approximately 25 minutes after taking off from Vancouver International Airport.
The (Korean Air) US call center received a call that there was a threat on board the aircraft, Korean Air said in a statement, reported Reuters.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m.
After discussion with the related departments, we decided to turn the aircraft, said Penny Pfaelzer, a spokeswoman for Korean Air, according to CNN.
Flight 72 had 147 people including 134 passengers.
The passengers and crew have all been taken to hotels within the Courtenay-Comox area and they've been accommodated for the evening, said Royal Canadian Mounted Police Inspector Bryon Massie, according to the Global Mail.
The airline debated continuing the flight and subsequent flights after discussions with the airport and authorities.
The airline will decide about the continuation of the flight after discussion with the airport and related authorities, Korean Air said.
While authorities have not said they have any leads on the case, they are currently investigating the situation.
The investigation is ongoing, police resources are still at the scene, said Massie.
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