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Russian denies making bomb threat on SIA flight

Published on Apr 22, 2013 3:01 PM
Russian national Vlada Vitaly (above) was charged on Monday, April 22, 2013, with threatening to blow up a Singapore Airlines plane. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

A RUSSIAN national was charged on Monday with threatening to blow up a Singapore Airlines plane.

A district court heard tax consultant Vlada Vitaly, 26, was on board the flight from Moscow to Singapore on April 16 this year. At about 4.30am, he had asked flight steward Isaac Joseph Pragasam for water and then told him: "You better get back to me. If not, I will blast this aircraft."

Through the Russian interpreter, Vitaly agreed that he had requested for a glass of water. He said he then turned to his friend seated next to him to say in Russian that if he does not get water to drink, he might vomit.

He added that the Russian word 'vomit' sounds very much like 'blow up', and this may have created a misunderstanding.

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