Aviation News

March 23, 2011

Philippine Airlines Flight Evacuated in San Francisco After Bomb Threat

A Philippine Airlines flight that arrived at the San Francisco International Airport was evacuated and searched late Tuesday night due to a bomb threat, officials said Wednesday.

Philippine Airlines Boeing 747-400 N753PR lands at LAX

Philippine Airlines Boeing 747-400 (N753PR) lands at LAX. (Photo by Phil Derner Jr.)

Philippine Airlines Flight 104, a Boeing 747-400 traveling from Manila, Philippines to San Francisco, California, landed at the airport at around 7:20 p.m. local time, where police were waiting to escort the aircraft to a remote section of the airport, the San Francisco Examiner reported.

The 337 passengers and 20 crew members were evacuated and then taken to a federal inspection area where they were unsure of the situation, while police explosive teams, including trained bomb-sniffing dogs, found no explosive devices.

The Philippine Airlines’ cargo office had earlier received a threatening call, and even though no particular flight was signaled, authorities were notified and decided to carefully inspect the aircraft.

Early Wednesday morning, at around 12:15 a.m. local time, passengers were waiting to pick up their luggage.

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