Suspect in Shenzhen plane threat hoax is arrested

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 September, 2012, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Police have caught a man suspected of phoning an airport with a false bomb threat that grounded a domestic flight.

The Hubei provincial public security department said on its website late on Saturday that Xiong Yi was nabbed at a hotel in the southern city of Dongguan.

Hubei police say Xiong confessed that he made a phone call to an airport in nearby Shenzhen on Thursday night with an anonymous claim that explosives had been placed on a flight that was already in mid-air, bound for Shenzhen.

The flight had taken off from Xiangyang city in Hubei and the phone threat forced it to make an emergency landing in the provincial capital of Wuhan. Police inspected the aircraft and found no explosives.