Bomb threat on flight from Urumqi a hoax, says CAAC

13:14, July 15, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A bomb threat that forced a flight from Urumqi in China's Xinjiang to make an emergency landing Wednesday night was a hoax, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said Thursday.

China Southern Airlines' flight 3912, en route from Urumqi to Guangzhou, landed safely at Zhongchuan Airport in Lanzhou, capital of the northwest China's Gansu Province, at 9:53 p.m..

All the 93 passengers and 18 crew members were evacuated immediately. Among the passengers was a baby and 10 foreigners.

Police authorities in Guangzhou, where the airline company is headquartered, received an anonymous phone call at 7 p.m., saying there was a bomb aboard the flight, a CAAC official said Thursday on condition of anonymity.

Security workers finished searching the aircraft by 4 a.m. but no bomb was found, he said.

The plane had taken off from Lanzhou at 9:12 a.m., he added.

Public security authorities were probing the bomb hoax and would penalize the suspects in accordance with law, the official said.



  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 28, tourists travel around the Mingshashan Scenic Area in Dunhuang, Gansu province by camel. With the National Day vacation right around the corner, more and more tourists from home and abroad are going to Dunhuang. Riding on a camel, they travel in the desert to enjoy the cities rare form of natural scenery. (Xinhua/Zhang Weixian)
  • Chinese forest armed forces work together with forest firefighters on Sept. 28. (Xinhua/Chai Liren)
  • Photo taken on Sept. 29, 2011 shows strong wind blows trees in Sanya, south China's Hainan Province. Typhoon Nesat heads towards south China and is moving at an average wind speed of 20 km per hour toward the west coast of China's Guangdong Province. (Xinhua/Hou Jiansen)
  • A fallen tree is seen on a road in Qionghai, south China's Hainan Province, Sept. 29, 2011. Typhoon Nesat was predicted to land in Hainan later Thursday, bringing heavy rainfalls to the island. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)
  • Arash Kamalvand (L) of Iran spikes the ball during the semifinal against South Korea at the 16th Asian Men's Volleyball Championship in Tehran, Iran, Sept. 28, 2011. Iran won 3-1 to advance to the final. (Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz)
  • A man visits "Thy Word Is Truth, the Bible Ministry Exhibition of the Protestant Church in China", during its opening at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington DC, capital of the United States, Sept. 28, 2011. Through the Bible's various Chinese versions, ancient or modern, as well as pictures, paintings, calligraphy, art works and historical documents, the exhibition was expected to give an overall understanding of how Bible was brought into China, how it was translated, published, distributed and loved. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
Hot Forum Discussion