Police Suspect Hoax in Airline Bomb Scare

Canadian woman phoned in tip about male passenger
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2010 3:43 PM CDT
Swedish police anti-terrorist teams assemble under the belly of a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 at Stockholm Arlanda International airport Saturday Sept. 25, 2010.   (FREDRIK PERSSON)

(Newser) – The bomb scare that required a Pakistani passenger jet with 273 people aboard to make an emergency landing in Stockholm was apparently a hoax. Authorities diverted the plane, which took off from Toronto, after getting a tip that a man aboard had explosives. He turned out to be clean and cooperated with authorities in a "calm but irritated" manner, one official tells AP. He's described only as a Canadian citizen born in 1982.

As for the tip, it was phoned in by a "woman in Canada," and a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police suggested she did so out of spite. "If the information is deemed to be a hoax, the person who passed along that information can be charged for public mischief," said another RCMP official.

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