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Cathay Pacific flight delayed by bomb threat

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Cathay Pacific said the safety and security of their passengers remained of utmost importance in the wake of a hoax bomb threat which delayed a Hong Kong-bound flight at the weekend.

A Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said Cathay Pacific CX694 departing Delhi to Hong Kong on Saturday was asked to return to Delhi International Airport by local authorities.

“We were informed by local authorities that the flight return was a precautionary measure relating to calls claiming that bombs were on board on a number of flights,” she said. “CX 694 landed back uneventfully and was parked at a remote bay.”

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The spokeswoman said Cathay Pacific fully cooperated with authorities during the incident.

“The safety and security of our passengers and crew are of utmost importance to us,” the spokeswoman said.

“A thorough check of passengers, baggage and the aircraft was conducted and the aircraft was cleared for take off.”

Due to the expiry of crew operating hours, the flight had stopped in Bangkok and a replacement crew had taken over to operate the flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong.

The flight eventually landed in Hong Kong some 10 hours after it was scheduled. The bomb threat was reportedly a hoax.

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Images. 8/9/2015

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