2 fighter jets sent to escort inbound Scoot flight from Cebu after bomb scare

2 fighter jets sent to escort inbound Scoot flight from Cebu after bomb scare

Two F-15SGs from the RSAF escorted a FlyScoot plane from Cebu to Singapore after a bomb scare
Two F-15SGs from the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) were scrambled to escort a FlyScoot plane from Cebu to Singapore after a bomb scare. (Photo: Facebook/Ng Eng Hen)

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."

Source: CNA/jt

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