SINGAPORE: Two fighter jets from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were scrambled to escort a Scoot flight from Cebu to Singapore on Sunday (Jun 2) after a bomb scare.
Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen shared in a Facebook post that two F-15SGs fighter jets were sent to escort the inbound flight from Cebu. The bomb scare turned out to be "a false alarm", Dr Ng added.
In a statement, Police confirmed that a report was received regarding a security threat on board flight TR385, scheduled to arrive in Singapore on 2 June 2019. It said all passengers and crew from the flight had disembarked safely.
A 13-year-old male passenger, who allegedly made the bomb threat, is currently assisting with ongoing police investigations, it added.
A spokesperson for Scoot confirmed that there was a security threat on its flight TR385, which took off from Cebu and landed safely at Changi Airport at 4.49pm. He said the security threat was "later identified as a hoax".
"All 144 passengers and six crew disembarked normally, and were subjected to arrival security checks," he added.
"Scoot will co-operate fully with the authorities in their investigations."
Dr Ng said: "The SAF (Singapore Armed Forces) takes every threat as real and seriously, until proven otherwise. The RSAF will stay ever vigilant."