Hong Kong police are looking into an alleged bomb hoax relating to a Cathay Pacific flight bound for Beijing. The force have yet to make any arrests.
Police said on Monday that they received a report at around 10:40 a.m. on Saturday that claimed a bomb was planted on an aircraft en route to mainland China. Cathay Pacific confirmed with HKFP on Monday that the flight concerned was CX 390, which safely landed in Beijing on Saturday.
The aircraft had left the city by the time police were alerted, and the force activated relevant procedures to handle the case, the Police Public Relations Branch said. The case was listed as a bomb hoax and the airport police criminal investigation team will follow up.
According to Cathay Pacific, emergency slides were deployed to evacuate passengers and the cabin crew when the aircraft landed as a precautionary measure in response to the suspected security threat. A small number of passengers sustained “minor bruises” and received medical treatment, the airline’s spokesperson said, but none of them were hospitalised.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority and was not compromised in this incident,” an email reply from the airline read.
The carrier said they would continue to provide assistance and support to the passengers involved, as well as cooperating with the authorities on the probe.