A bomb threat on Sunday has put China Airlines, Taiwan’s national carrier, on heightened alert to ensure the safety of its passengers and crew.
The airline company received an email at around noon on Sunday claiming a bomb was onboard flight CI503 from Taoyuan International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport. After receiving the threat, China Airlines immediately reported it to Taiwan’s Aviation Police Bureau and the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) for investigation, Liberty Times reported.
China Airlines enlisted another aircraft for the route that departed at 4:35 pm and passengers were unaffected. The flight landed safely in Shanghai at 6:11 pm. The original aircraft was sent for inspection.
The Aviation Police Bureau is attempting to track the origin of the email threat. Additional security measures were in place for baggage inspection prior to departure. As nothing suspicious was found, the flight continued as scheduled.
If caught, the person responsible for the bomb threat faces up to three years in prison and a fine of NT$1 million (US$31,758) for disseminating false information that hinders the safety of the aviation industry, according to article 105 of the Civil Aviation Act.