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TransAsia flight threat proves to be hoax

TransAsia flight threat proves to be hoax

Taipei, Dec. 28 (CNA) An e-mail hinting that a TransAsia Airways flight scheduled to fly from Taipei to Macau Friday afternoon would have an accident turned out to be a hoax, aviation police confirmed after an initial investigation. The carrier received an e-mail reading, "it would be best that the flight has an accident" prior to the departure of flight GE353 at 12:50 p.m., airport police at Taoyuan International Airport said. The 141 passengers were boarding at the time, the airline said. Shortly after, it received a second e-mail reading "Sorry, that was a mistake," according to the police. The e-mails were traced to a male passenger on the flight surnamed Liu, but he was surprised at being arrested and denied sending the threatening messages. Liu's wife was summoned later, and she admitted to sending the e-mails because she was angry that her husband was going to celebrate his birthday in Macau without taking her. The passengers on the flight went through security checks again before the plane finally took off at 4:10 p.m. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Kendra Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-23 07:21 GMT+08:00