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Police Arrest 3 Suspected of Leaving Threatening Voice Messages

Airlines & Airports | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 02, 2016

Police Arrest 3 Suspected of Leaving Threatening Voice Messages

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Police have arrested three people in connection with a December incident in which Spain’s airport authority received a threatening voice message, ABC News reported. 

Police said in a statement obtained by ABC that on Saturday they arrested one woman and two men who are suspected of causing an airliner to turn around after leaving Madrid on Dec. 14.

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The statement said that the voice message threatened a flight heading for Sao Paulo,Brazil, and included phrases such as "Today people will die" in Spanish and "Allah is great" in Arabic, according to ABC.

Spanish air force fighters escorted the plane, which was carrying 16 crew members and 315 passengers, back to the airport, ABC said.

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Passengers and cargo were inspected upon arrival, but nothing suspicious was found, ABC reported.

The statement said investigators traced the phone call to a town near Cuenca, Ecuador, and discovered the suspects were linked to a passenger on the flight.



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