A Wi-Fi network with the name “bomb on board” caused a Turkish Airlines flight to make an emergency landing after passengers became alarmed.
The threat was apparently received by a British passenger as the plane flew through Sudanese airspace before the pilot had to make an emergency landing at Khartoum airport at around 7:30am local time.
“Turkish Airlines flight 606 made an emergency landing after a passenger on board said he received an email saying there was a bomb on board,” AFP quoted civil aviation authority spokesman Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim as saying.
The jet was then taken to an isolated area of the airport where it was scoured for explosives, while the passenger who reported the threat was questioned. Abdelrahim added that “security officials searched the plane and passengers’ luggage but didn’t find anything suspicious.”
“Experts said the Wi-Fi network in question was created on board,” Turkish Airlines said. “No irregularities were seen after security procedures were carried out, and passengers were brought back on the plane once boarding restarted.
Sadly, it is far from the first time something like this has happened.
In May, a flight from Cancun, Mexico to London Gatwick was cancelled after a Wi-Fi hotspot with the name “Jihadist Cell London 1” was spotted on board.
The passenger who noticed the Wi-Fi name told the crew and an investigation was launched.