Spanish Fighter Plane Intercepts EasyJet Flight Over ‘Hoax Bomb Threat’

A Spanish fighter plane on July 3 intercepted an easyJet flight from London to Menorca after a British teenager on board allegedly made a false bomb threat.

A video taken by a passenger on board the commercial flight showed an F-18 fighter jet flying closely beside the easyJet A-319 aircraft, which typically carries between 120 and 150 passengers.

The fighter jet in the video is seen “tipping” its wings, a signal in aviation to indicate the other pilot to follow him.

The Civil Guard confirmed that the airport control tower in Menorca was alerted to a bomb threat made by an 18-year-old British man on an unspecified social media app.

Once the commercial plane landed in Mahon, the island’s capital, it was taken to a separate area from the main terminal for inspection, the Civil Guard said.

“The Civil Guard organized a special operation, which consisted of mobilizing bomb disposal experts as well as sniffer dogs and other officers who created a safe perimeter around the plane,” a Civil Guard spokesperson said,.

The Civil Guard declared the bomb threat false and arrested the teenager who was identified when officers ran checks on the passengers.

The Civil Guard also identified five other companions as witnesses.

The teenager spent the night in custody as he awaited a court appearance and a probably public disorder charge, The Telegraph reported.

The teenager is expected to face a bill that would cover the costs of the police operation.

The incident disrupted other flights out of Menorca.

In a statement, an easyJet spokesperson said, “The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority, and we would like to thank passengers for their understanding.”


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