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10 Injured After Passenger Falsely Claims to Have Bomb

Passengers ended up standing on the wing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2018 4:26 AM CDT
A Lion Air passenger jet is parked on the tarmac at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, Indonesia.   (AP Photo/Trisnadi, File)
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(Newser) – Police say 10 passengers on an Indonesian flight preparing to take off from Borneo were injured, mostly with broken bones and head wounds, after a man falsely said there was a bomb on board. Police spokesman Nanang Purnomo says other passengers overheard the 26-year-old man, Frantinus Nirigi, telling a flight attendant there was a bomb on the Lion Air plane, which was carrying 189 passengers to Jakarta on Monday night. Purnomo says another passenger broke the emergency exit windows. He and Nirigi were arrested. Video online showed dozens of people standing on the Boeing 737's right wing. Some slid down the right engine and landed on the tarmac. Purnomo says eight passengers had broken bones and head wounds and two had minor injuries. He says an inspection found no bomb. (In 2013, another Lion Air flight crashed into a cow.)

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