Hoax Discovered In Time To Avert Emergency Landing
woman claimed there was a bomb on board a Turkish commercial jet
Wednesday in an attempt to delay the flight so her husband, who was
running late, wouldn't miss it.
"We learned that the warning came from the wife of a passenger
who was late for the airplane. We believe that the warning was made
in order to delay the flight," said Onur Air spokesman Rauf Gerz.
The couple was arrested.
According to the carrier, the fact the threat was a hoax was
discovered in time to stop an emergency landing in Ankara. The
flight continued to its original destination of Istanbul from
Diyarbakir, according to Reuters. Ankara is about halfway between
Diyarbakir and Istanbul.
"The police detained the passenger and his wife. They told us
the warning was fake and that the plane could continue its flight,"
Unfortunately, this isn't the first time something like this has
occurred. As ANN reported, 19-year-old
Anna Tarasov from Atlanta was in New York on November 4, 2005,
trying to get to one boyfriend in Georgia and prevent him from
traveling to Minnesota to confront another, according to an
exclusive report in the New York Post.
Late for her flight's departure from LaGuardia, she came up with
what she thought was an ingenious solution -- she called AirTran's
reservation center and said there were two pax with a bomb on
Flight 1775. She did it at the exact minute the flight rolled onto
the runway at LGA for take-off.
"I remember thinking it wouldn't be such a big deal," Tarasov
told the Post's Kate Sheehy. "It totally slipped my mind about the
terrorists. Then it hit me. 'Of all the places. This is New York.'
It was very stupid."
Terroristic activities such as bomb threats and hijackings are
hardly new in Turkey. It is a country in which a number of radical
Turkish authorities remain on alert following increased attacks
by Kurdish separatist guerrillas in mainly Kurdish-occupied
southeast area of the country, where Diyarbakir is the largest
city, according to Reuters.