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Another plane hoax caller arrested

Police has detained a suspect for making bomb threats to airports, which caused 11 flights to Shanghai to be disrupted last night.
The man, surnamed Ji, from Yancheng city in east Jiangsu Province allegedly confessed that he made hoax calls to airports in Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chongqing around 6pm yesterday.
It had resulted in operational chaos on flights to Shanghai, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said.
Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Spring Airlines were among the carriers affected, with flights being diverted or delayed.
The threats didn't specify which flights were involved, administration officials said.
Hoax callers face up to five years in jail but the term can be extended in the case of injuries and there is a maximum term of 15 years on callers who pose a serious risk to air safety due to their actions.
Aside from prison terms, hoax callers could be sued by affected airlines, administration officials said today. They said diverting an aircraft was expensive, especially with the cost of fuel.
On Thursday, a 26-year-old unemployed migrant from Inner Mongolia was detained by police in south China's Guangdong Province in connection with bomb threats that disrupted five flights to Shenzhen the day before. Police said the suspect had confessed to making hoax calls to airports in Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, Xi'an and Lanzhou.


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