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Fighter jets intercept plane after bomb threat

Two fighter jets have been scrambled to intercept and escort a Singapore Airlines flight from San Francisco to Changi Airport after a passenger made a bomb threat and attacked a crew member, officers mentioned.

The “unruly passenger” made the threat aboard Flight SQ33, which took off from San Francisco International Airport at about 10 p.m. native time Monday, Business Insider reported.

“Earlier today, two of our F16C/Ds were activated to escort a Singapore Airlines flight that departed San Francisco for Singapore. This was because of a suspected bomb threat on board the aircraft,” the Singapore Air Force told CNN in an announcement Wednesday.

“Our fighters escorted the airliner till it landed safely at Changi Airport,” it added.

Singapore’s Defense Ministry mentioned the “37-year-old male passenger had allegedly claimed that there was a bomb in a hand-carry bag, and had assaulted the crew.”

It added that “teams from (the army’s) Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Explosives Defence Group and Airport Police Division were on site to verify the claims.”

No bomb was discovered on board, officers mentioned.

The airline mentioned the passenger was “restrained on board.”

“The safety of our customers and staff is always our top priority,” the company mentioned, based on CNN. “All passengers and crew have disembarked normally at 9:20 a.m. (Singapore Time).”

“We are assisting the authorities with their investigations and regret that we are unable to provide further details,” it added.

The incident stays beneath investigation.

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