Australian police are investigating a bomb threat against a Singapore Airlines Ltd flight to Melbourne today, the airline and police said.
The carrier’s call centre in Mumbai received a telephone call from someone claiming there was a bomb on board a flight from Singapore to Melbourne International Airport, airline spokeswoman Susan Bredow said by telephone.
Crew members on board flight SQ227 were alerted and carried out safety checks, she said. They determined the call was a hoax and informed passengers about an hour before the aircraft landed at 6 a.m. local time that a threat had been made, Bredow added.
The Boeing 747-400 aircraft, carrying 190 passengers and 20 crew members, landed safely, she said. As a precaution, safety checks were carried out on a later Singapore to Melbourne flight, SQ237, which also landed safely, the airline said in an e-mailed statement.
After both planes landed, “detailed security checks confirmed that the threat was a hoax,” the airline said.
The Australian Federal Police said it was notified of the bomb threat at about 2:15 a.m. and was investigating.