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NY-bound flight returns to Dominican Republic on bomb threat

Santo Domingo.- A Jet Blue aircraft was returned to Las Americas Airport Thursday night one hour-and-10 minutes after takeoff of New York-bound flight 1008, when an unidentified man allegedly threatened to set off a bomb he was carrying.

The incident unleashed panic at the airport, where security agents searched the plane on the north ramp of the runway, after escorting the suspected terrorist on a gurney and handcuffed.

Meanwhile the passengers deplaned and were taken to the terminal by bus, and were subjected to further checks including a dog sniffing for explosives.

The event caused the shutdown of the Las Americas International Airport for around three hours.

Following the procedures for this kind of incident, the passengers had to deplane and all luggage was checked. The flight, which departed at 4:45pm, returned at 6:20pm, and the checks did not end until 8:45pm. The shutdown caused the passengers to miss their connecting flights.

Seven flights were delayed, including Avianca to Colombia, Air Caribe to France and Seaborne to Puerto Rico.

On the case, the Specialized Airport Security Corps (CESAC) reported that during the JetBlue 810 flight headed to New York, a Dominican passenger with US citizenship reacted violently, claiming he was a terrorist who had a bomb, a situation that caused panic among the passengers. The captain of the plane announced he would return to Santo Domingo because he was closer there than to his destination.

The passenger faces penalties of between 3 to 10 years in prison and a lifetime ban on flying by air for the violation of Article 81 of Law 188-11 on airport security. He is also likely to be heavily fined.

Source: DT, DR1, Elcaribe

May 15, 2015

UPDATE: JetBlue passenger could face 10-year prison for fake bomb threat

Santo Domingo.– The US passenger who threatened to set off a bomb on a JetBlue flight between Santo Domingo and New York City could face 10 years in jail.

Newspaper El Nacional reported the man was identified as Frank Bruno Diaz, a Dominican American who acted in a violent manner and claimed to be a terrorist, according to the the Airport Security Corps and Civil Aviation (CESAC).

The incident Thursday night forced the JetBlue pilot to return to the Las Americas International Airport after an hour into the flight. Diaz demanded the plane return to the island or he would detonate a bomb. The fake threat caused panic among the passengers.

CESAC said the man will be charged with violating the country’s airport security and civil aviation laws, and could face up to 10 years in jail. However, the Public Prosecutor’s Office told newspaper Listin Diario that breaking such laws can carry a sentence of 20 to 30 years in prison.

Source: DT

May 15, 2015

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