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Kenya Airways plane was on Wednesday forced to abort take off after one passenger mentioned the word ‘bomb’.
Police have arrested a man for allegedly raising a false bomb alarm in a Johannesburg-bound Kenya Airways plane forcing the flight to abort take off at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.
According to police, commotion began after an argument between a passenger and a flight attendant.
The passenger is reported to have mentioned the word ‘bomb’ during the argument, causing a scare in the plane which was taxing ready for take-off.
The suspect has been handed to the Anti-Terror Police Unit for further interrogation.
However, JKIA remained on temporary lock down after flights were grounded for screening with Kenya Airways issuing a statement confirming the incident.
The statement reads,
At approximately 1300 GMT today Kenya Airways was notified of a possible bomb threat on one of our flights.
The unfortunate bomb scare incident was reported on flight KQ 762, which was departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for OR-Tambo International Airport Johannesburg.
KQ would like to report that the passenger who raised the bomb scare has been taken into police custody.
All the other passengers and crew have disembarked for security re-screening and the aircraft is undergoing extensive security checks.
At Kenya Airways, one of our core values is the safety of our passengers and this is a necessary a precautionary exercise.
We work closely with the relevant law enforcement agencies, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Kenya Airports Authority to counter any security threats to our passengers and the country.
We will give you further updates as we get them.