Mumbai-Singapore flight receives a bomb threat

Singapore airlines SQ423 was escorted By F-16 Jets until it landed safely at Singapore's Changi International Airport.

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On Tuesday, Singapore Air Force was prompted to send two F-16s, to escort Singapore Airlines SQ423 as officials received a bomb threat. The airlines with 263 passengers, was flying from Mumbai to Singapore.

A statement issued by the airline said, "Singapore Airlines confirms there was a bomb threat concerning SQ423 operating from Mumbai to Singapore. The aircraft arrived in Singapore on March 26, 2019, at about 0800hrs (local time). There were 263 passengers on board. We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details. The flight landed safely at Singapore's Changi International Airport on Tuesday around 8 am, local time."

It is reported that the call was received by the airline officials after SQ423 left Mumbai at about 11.35 pm local time, where the caller claimed that there was a bomb on the plane. Upon knowing the same,  two F16C/Ds escorted the airliner until it landed safely at Changi Airport.

Authorities have held a woman and a child for questioning, and all the other passengers disembarked safely. A screening was conducted for security purposes.

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