China investigating phoned threats that grounded 5 flights
BEIJING (AP) - Chinese police are investigating telephone threats that led to the grounding of five flights around the country on Wednesday, though officials said no planes were in actual danger.
The Civil Aviation Administration said in a news release that the threats constituted the crime of transmitting "false terroristic information" and suspects were being pursued with all available resources. It gave no details on the specific threats.
The flights were operated by Shenzhen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, and Juneyao Airlines and originated in the cities of Shanghai, Lanzhou and Nanjing.
The airlines declined to comment, although the official Xinhua News Agency said three of the flights made emergency landings following the threats that began at 8 a.m. (8:00 am Singapore time) and the others were delayed.