Japan flight forced to make emergency landing

Tokyo: A Jetstar flight made an emergency landing at central Japan’s Chubu Centrair International Airport on Saturday due to a bomb threat, although no device was found, officials said.

The airport’s runway was closed after the flight landed from Narita Airport near Tokyo bound for Fukuoka in southern Japan at 7:41 a.m. local time. The runway was closed for almost five hours while security checks were carried out, the spokesman said.

The Jetstar flight made an emergency landing at Chubu Centrair International Airport in central Japan.

The Jetstar flight made an emergency landing at Chubu Centrair International Airport in central Japan.Credit:Nine messages

The spokesman said there were 136 passengers and 6 crew members on board. Five suffered minor injuries while disembarking from the plane, a Chubu airport police officer said.

No explosives or other suspicious items were found during a search of the cabin and luggage, the official said.

The flight was diverted to Chubu Airport in Japan’s industrial heartland of Aichi Prefecture following a possible security incident, and passengers disembarked via evacuation slides, Jetstar Airways said in a statement.

Passengers used evacuation slides to disembark.

Passengers used evacuation slides to disembark.Credit:Nine messages

“Jetstar Japan is working closely with Chubu Airport and local authorities to investigate the situation,” the company said, declining to comment further.

NHK said Narita Airport received an international call from Germany early this morning in a male voice, saying in English that there was a 100-kilogram plastic bomb in the Jetstar plane’s hold.

A Narita Airport spokesman said there had been a bomb threat to the flight, but the details were unclear.

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Callan Tansill

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