Jetstar flight forced to make emergency landing after bomb threat

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Jetstar flight forced to make emergency landing after bomb threat

A Jetstar flight has been forced to make an emergency landing in central Japan after receiving a bomb threat.

According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, the plane, which was carrying 136 passengers and six crew members, was travelling from Narita airport near Tokyo to Fukuoka on Saturday morning, when it was forced to divert to Aichi prefecture.

Video posted on Twitter appeared to show passengers disembarking via emergency slides and walking across the tarmac.

Japan Times reported that five passengers sustained minor injuries while evacuating via the aeroplane’s inflatable slide following its arrival at around 7:40am. No one was hospitalised.

According to NHK, Narita Airport received a call from a man who said in English: “I planted a bomb on Jetstar flight 501.”

The caller then reportedly asked for the manager. A source told the publication the call seems to have come from Germany.

The broadcaster also reported that Chubu Airport to temporarily suspend takeoffs and landings while authorities investigate.

So far, no explosive items have been discovered, the network reported.

Jetstar Japan confirmed the aircraft had been diverted due to a “potential security incident”.

“Out of an abundance of caution, passengers disembarked via emergency slides,” a spokesperson said.

“We know this would have been distressing for passengers and thank them for their co-operation.

“Our teams are supporting them and working to get them on their way as quickly as possible. “Jetstar Japan is also working closely with Chubu Airport and local authorities to investigate the situation.”

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