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9 Planes Get Bomb Threats in South America

9 Planes Get Bomb Threats  in South America9 Planes Get Bomb Threats  in South America

Nine planes have been forced to make emergency changes to their routes within Chilean, Argentine and Peruvian airspace because of bomb threats issued to Chile’s civil aviation authority.

At least two of the planes were operated by LATAM Airlines and three by Sky, a low-cost Chilean airline, SBS reported.

Victor Villalobos Collao, the director general of Chile’s civil aviation authority (DGAC), said 11 threats were made in total, two of which were “fictitious” and nine of which related to existing flights.

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

He said calls warning of bombs onboard flights were made to LATAM’s offices, and the civil aviation authority, and police are now trying to trace their origin.

“We always have an abandoned suitcase or two, that’s normal,” he said. “But this is a totally exceptional case.”

For four of the flights, Santiago, Chile’s capital, was either the origin or the destination.

One flight, Sky 162, took off from Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benitez airport and was headed to the northern city of Antofagasta when it was instructed to return to Santiago.

Flight LATAM 2369, originating from Lima, the capital of Peru, and heading for Santiago, was forced to land in the southern Peruvian city of Pisco.

Peru’s transport ministry said no one had been injured and a team for deactivating explosives has been notified.

Another Sky flight, Sky 524, is understood according to flight schedules to have taken off from the Argentine city of Mendoza. It made an emergency landing in Santiago before proceeding to Rosario in Argentina.

Sky said another of its planes, Flight 166, was prevented from taking off from Santiago because of a bomb threat.

In addition, LATAM 800, which according to flight schedules took off from Auckland, New Zealand, performed an emergency landing in its destination of Santiago. 

 

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