Mum call centre receives bomb threat call for SA flight

Melbourne: A bomb threat was reportedly received in a Mumbai call centre for a Melbourne-bound Singapore Airlines flight that was preparing to land here on Thursday.

The flight SQ227 with 198 passengers and 20 crew, was alerted to a bomb threat after a call was received in a call centre at Mumbai, an airlines spokeswoman was qouted by the a newspaper.

The crew alerted passengers to the potential threat.

"Once we were sure the bomb did not exist, we told passengers the flight was under threat, but by that stage we were quite sure it was a hoax," the Singapore Airlines spokeswoman said, adding "With passengers and crew all safely in Melbourne, we checked the plane thoroughly and haven't found anything."

"Obviously security is of the utmost concern to us. We took the threat very seriously and involved all the appropriate authorities who are now investigating the matter," she said.

"We have handed the tape of the call over to the news agency," she said.

Bureau Report