SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – A trans-Pacific flight of flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) was delayed for some 5 hours on Tuesday night because of a bomb threat, authorities said.
The PR 104 flight from Manila to San Francisco City had to be secured when it landed in the US city after PAL workers received a phone call about a supposed bomb inside the plane.
Among the 337 passengers were Filipino celebrities Ruffa Mae Quinto, Journey lead singer Arnel Pineda, and former actress Gloria Sevilla.
“Philippine Airlines cargo here at SFO contacted SFPD and notified them that they received a telephone call with an unsubstantiated threat being made,” said Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).
US police deployed a bomb squad and sniffing dogs after the plane landed in San Francisco.
“This is actually the second time kasi iyong father namin actually died in a plane crash,” she said. “So itong mga ganitong paghihintay ng matagal medyo nakaka tense,” said Suzette Ranillo, who fetched her mother at the airport.
The plane’s 337 passengers and 20 crew were brought to a room at the airport while the aircraft was being inspected by authorities.
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