Fake bomb threat on Lion Air flight in Indonesia causes chaos; 11 passengers injured

A video recording of the incident, which went viral on social media in Indonesia, showed panicked passengers jumping out through the emergency door as well from the plane's wings, causing them suffer injuries.
A video recording of the incident, which went viral on social media in Indonesia, showed panicked passengers jumping out through the emergency door as well from the plane's wings, causing them suffer injuries. PHOTO: TWITTER/GREENDULU

JAKARTA (BERNAMA) - Eleven passengers of a Lion Air flight en route from Pontianak, Kalimantan to Cengkareng in Jakarta sustained injuries following a fake bomb threat on Monday (May 28).

Indonesian media reported that a male passenger identified as Frantinus Nirigi was allegedly joking about the existence of a bomb on the plane while the other passengers were entering the Boeing 737 aircraft.

It then caused a panic situation among other passengers, leading them to open the emergency exit door to save themselves.

A video recording of the incident, which went viral on social media in Indonesia, showed panicked passengers jumping out through the emergency door as well from the plane's wings, causing them to suffer injuries.

Flight JT687, which was scheduled to depart from the Supadio International Airport at 6.50pm local time, was delayed to 9.45pm. It safely arrived at its destination at 11.10pm.

Frantinus was detained for further investigation and a check by the West Kalimantan Police found that there was no bomb on the plane.

Lion Air Group president and chief executive officer Edward Sirait was quoted as saying by the Indonesian media that for this year alone, Lion Air had received eight fake bomb threats.

He added that it has happened over and over again, with the last time on the Jakarta-Kuala Lumpur flight on May 27 which resulted in a two-hour delay.