Thursday 23 February 2017

Three people arrested over phone threat to Brazil-bound plane with 315 passengers

(Stock image)
(Stock image)

Spanish police have arrested two men and a woman on suspicion they caused an airliner that took off from Madrid's airport to turn back.

The incident occurred on December 14 when Spain's airport authority received a call with a recorded voice threatening a flight bound for Brazil from Barajas.

The voice used phrases including "today people will die" in Spanish and "Allah is great" in Arabic.

There were 315 passengers and 16 crew on board the flight.

Instructions to return were issued and the plane was escorted back by Spanish air force fighters.

A runway was closed as passengers and cargo were inspected, but police found no explosives and the incident was declared a false alarm.

An investigation led to the suspects who were arrested in the city of Cuenca.

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