Budget carrier Scoot has announced on Thursday (5 April) that its flight TR634 bound for Hat Yai has returned safely to Singapore, escorted by Singapore’s air force, after an alleged bomb threat by one of its passengers.
The airline added that it was “working closely with the authorities for necessary follow-up to ensure the safety of our guests”.
In a Facebook post, Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said that two of RSAF’s F-15SGs scrambled and took off within minutes when the pilot of a Scoot plane declared a bomb threat.
He wrote that the F-15SG pilots closely escorted the Scoot plane from the South China Sea to land safely back at Changi Airport, noting that the Singapore Police Force (SPF)is investigating the incident.
“But for our RSAF pilots who are on stand-by duties 24/7, every threat is considered real until proven otherwise. They keep us and our skies safe. Well done, The Republic of Singapore Air Force,” he added.
The Singapore Police Force also wrote a Facebook post regarding the matter, confirming that it received a report regarding an alleged bomb threat made by a passenger on board flight TR634. The plane, which turned back, has safely landed in Changi Airport. Police officers are currently conducting checks.
In an update, the police said that all passengers and crew from flight TR634 have disembarked safely.
“The passenger who allegedly made the bomb threat and his two other travel companions are currently assisting Police further with investigations,” it added.
At 6.27pm, SPF announced that a 41-year-old man has been arrested for making a false bomb threat.