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Singapore and Mumbai airports disrupted by 'bomb-on-board-flight' call

By Jay Jackson, Bombay News
24 Apr 2019, 09:56 GMT+10

<p>SYDNEY, Australia - A 39-year old man appeared before a Sydney court on Wednesday charged with a hoax bomb threat against a flight from Mumbai to Singapore.</p><p>On 26 March 2019, the man from the regional city of Newcastle, which is located 162 kilometres north of Sydney, allegedly called Mumbai International Airport from his home to report a bomb was on board the flight.</p><p>The hoax caused significant disruption and delays to airlines and passengers in Singapore and also resulted in the Republic of Singapore Air Force being called in to action.</p><p>As a result of extensive liaison between Singapore authorities and the Australian Federal Police, the Newcastle man was identified as the man who placed the call.</p><p>Australian police officers located the man at Sydney International Airport where he was arrested and charged with using a carriage service for hoax threat.</p><p>Australian Federal Police Airport Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins said any threat to an airline is taken extremely seriously.</p><p>&quot;A hoax threat is a serious matter that causes significant repercussions for the airline, airport, responding agencies and members of the public,&quot; he said Wednesday.</p><p>(File photo Mumbai International Airport - Credit: Wikipedia).</p><p>&nbsp;</p>

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