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Bomb hoax hits PAL flight from US

/ 09:12 AM October 20, 2016
NEW MOM Jazz, a bomb-sniffing dog who gave birth to five puppies, poses with her handler at Butuan-Bancasi Airport in Agusan de lNorte province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

A bomb-sniffing dogposes with her handler at Butuan-Bancasi Airport in Agusan del Norte province. Bomb-sniffing dogs and security forces sprang into action Thursday morning responding to a bomb threat on a Philippine Airlines flight from the US. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Bomb-sniffing dogs and security personnel swept through a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight from the US on Thursday morning after someone wrote a bomb threat in the plane’s lavatory.

As soon as PAL flight PR 103 from Los Angeles landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 at around 5 a.m., teams of the Aviation Security Group (Avsegrp) special operations unit and K9 were already on standby.

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According to an Avsegrp report, they initially received information from the air control tower about a “bomb threat written on the lavatory of PAL flight PR 103.”

“Personnel of this station immediately alerted … personnel of SOU and K9 to respond upon the arrival of said aircraft,” the report said.

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The police teams immediately conducted paneling, bomb detection operations, on the aircraft as soon as it was cleared of passengers.

All passenger baggage was unloaded on the ramp, where bomb-sniffing dogs went through each searching for explosives.

No bomb was found and the threat was declared a hoax at about 7 a.m. CBB

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