A Singapore Airlines flight bound for Singapore from Taiwan on Friday (Feb 2) was delayed by a bomb hoax, local media said.
Flight SQ879 departed Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 5.45pm on Friday and arrived in Singapore at 10.35pm that same night, some 15 minutes later than originally planned.
A spokesman for SIA told The Straits Times on Saturday it confirmed that there was a bomb threat concerning flight SQ879 on Friday.
"The threat was determined to be a hoax by the authorities, and the aircraft landed uneventfully at Singapore Changi Airport at approximately 10.35pm," said the spokesman. "We regret we are unable to provide further details."
Taiwan's Apple Daily news site said in a report on Friday that the plane was on the runway when Taipei police informed the airport police that a woman had made a report using a public phone, claiming that there was an explosive on flight SQ879.
She said that "someone has placed a bomb on SQ879".
The aircraft was notified, but the plane took off after it was determined to be a hoax.
The Taipei police are conducting investigations, Apple Daily said. - The Straits Times/Asia News Network