Last updated: 12:31 PM ET, Wed February 17 2016

Hoax Bomb Threat Causes Emergency Landing for LAX-Bound Plane

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | February 17, 2016

Hoax Bomb Threat Causes Emergency Landing for LAX-Bound Plane

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On Wednesday, a Virgin Australia flight destined for Los Angeles was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane when the airline received a bomb threat that eventually turned out to be a hoax.

According to the Associated Press, the Virgin Australia plane was en route from Sydney International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport when the airline received an anonymous bomb threat via telephone.

The flight made an emergency landing at the nearest possible airport, which turned out to be Brisbane International Airport. The aircraft diverted safely Wednesday, where it was met by local authorities and federal police.

Upon landing, Australian Federal Police began a full search of the plane and found no evidence of explosive devices or residue. Brisbane Airport officials did not reveal any more details about the bomb threat.

The Virgin Australia plane and its passengers were expected to resume their flight to Los Angeles Wednesday night.


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