A Sri Lankan airline-Airbus A-340- bound to London, landed in Male this afternoon after a foreigner started alarming other passengers claiming that a bomb was onboard the flight. But, officials later found that the bomb threat was a hoax, reports said.
The Sri Lankan Airlines spokeswoman, Ruvini Jayasinghe told Haveeru Daily that Sri Lankan Airlines conducts a comprehensive search of the airlines before passengers are boarded and that several security measures are followed.
“We later found out that the bomb threat was a hoax and it was caused by one of the passengers in that flight. Before the flight took off to Male the regular security checks were done in the Bandaranaike International Airport,” she said.
“The flight was only grounded in Male for just over an hour for a search. It later proceeded to London. The bomb hoax will not affect our operations in Sri Lankan Airlines as we have been renowned for the safety measures we adopt,” she said.
The Sri Lankan Airlines flight which had 199 passengers onboard took off from Colombo on Monday afternoon and was originally scheduled to fly to London via Male.
The bomb hoax occurred after the aircraft had landed in Male, when a British passenger identified as Clement Paul started alarming the other passengers by saying that a bomb is onboard the flight.
Clement Paul was finally apprehended by the Maldivian authorities and the passengers in the Sri Lankan Airlines flight were evacuated by the Maldives National Defence Force that conducted a search. After the search the flight proceeded to London.
Comments - 21
MH-NZ Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:30 AM
I am sure he would have been funded by tamil diaspora in UK.
Common Man Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:00 AM
Clement Paul must be a friend of David Miliband. This is what they do for survival.
shewee Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:08 AM
They must be up to something....... It might be a trial
Guru Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:27 AM
Wish, it was real.
chetha Tuesday, 15 February 2011 06:34 AM
He must have drunk something to say such a thing
sara SENE Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:09 PM
another mad hatter who tried to get a local media attention. You find this type of SICKOS all over the world. Don't take any notice. But remember the Wolf and the villagers story? Better to investigate when a thing like this happened as this might turn to be true but if not heavy penalty for attempting to make a big blunder HA HAAHAHAH.
Milano Tuesday, 15 February 2011 07:54 AM
nickster Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:32 AM
i hope the british monkey was left in male when the flight took off aftr the search.
xlntgson Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:39 AM
)ne reason why people hesitate to blow whistle, it may turn hoax?
Tony Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:50 AM
Well said Rosa
London buwa Monday, 25 April 2011 07:56 PM
PAUL CLEMENT WAS LATER RECOGNISED AS THE ASSISTANT FIRST TEAM COACH FOR CHELSEA WHO WAS ON HOLIDAY IN SRI LANKA.
rosh Monday, 14 February 2011 01:30 PM
meranchi Monday, 14 February 2011 01:37 PM
If it is true security lap
Sam of Hong Kong Monday, 14 February 2011 01:43 PM
Probably a cheap LTTE "sympathizer".
Konde bendapu china Monday, 14 February 2011 01:52 PM
Clement Paul working for Tamil Diaspora in London I suppose
channa Monday, 14 February 2011 02:20 PM
Pain in the neck Monday, 14 February 2011 02:50 PM
No crazy local people?
Mushi Monday, 14 February 2011 03:26 PM
Though this is a fake. a good alarm to keep our security forces alert on anything.
Calistus Jayatilleke Monday, 14 February 2011 03:46 PM
A Mad Hatter a la Alice in Wonderland!
citizen1 Monday, 14 February 2011 07:40 PM
Even though funny in hindsight, lately airport security has been too relaxed. They neither exray the suitecases upon entry into the airport, nor carry out the hand checks. Good wake-up call.
ananda Monday, 14 February 2011 07:53 PM
If this kind of thing happens in U.K. culprit would be tried in the courts and punishes him or her. So that SL Government should do the same
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