Monday 20 August 2018

Ten injured amid panic after false bomb claim on plane

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ten passengers on an Indonesian flight preparing to take off from Borneo island were injured after a man falsely said there was a bomb on board.

Passengers overheard Frantinus Nirigi, 26, telling a flight attendant there was a bomb on the Lion Air plane, which was carrying 189 passengers to Jakarta on Monday night, police spokesman Nanang Purnomo said.

Mr Purnomo said another passenger broke the emergency exit windows.

He and Nirigi were arrested.

Video online showed dozens of people standing on the Boeing 737's right wing.

Some slid down the right engine and landed on the ground.

Mr Purnomo said eight passengers had broken bones and head wounds, while two had minor injuries.

He said an inspection found no bomb.

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