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Bomb scare forces 2 flights bound for Urumqi to land at alternate airports

TWO Juneyao Airlines flights from Shanghai to Urumqi were diverted to other airports today after a passenger on one of flights said his friend on the other might have explosives in the luggage.

All passengers were reported safe and police confirmed, after thorough inspections, that no dangerous materials were found in the luggage or from passengers on both flights to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Flight HO1255 was diverted to land at the airport in Lanzhou in northwestern China's Gansu Province around noon, 2 1/2 hours after it took off from Hongqiao International Airport.

A passenger passed a paper massage to the crew saying his partner had threatened to blow up the aircraft in a phone call with him after the partner was late and failed to get onto the aircraft, the Shanghai-based airline said.

The passenger said he worried his friend had left explosives in the luggage that he took onto the plane for the late friend, the airline said in a statement. Crew members then asked to make an emergency landing at the nearest Lanzhou Airport. The aircraft landed safely at 1:30pm.

Meanwhile, the airline found the friend of the passenger had taken Flight HO1229 to Urumqi that took off at 1:15 from Hongqiao. The airline then asked the captain to land at the nearest Nanjing airport, the airline said.

The second flight landed safety at the Nanjing Lukou International Airport at 2:22pm.


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