Singapore Air Force escorts Scoot plane back to Changi after pilot declares ‘bomb threat’ on board

File photo: A Scoot plane on display at the Singapore Air Show in 2016.
The Straits Times
  • Scoot flight TR634 turned back to Singapore while en route to Thailand on April 5.
  • According to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, a Scoot pilot had declared a bomb threat.
  • Two F-15SG jets were scrambled to escort the plane back to Changi.
  • Scoot said that three passengers were later offloaded for investigations.
  • The flight was scheduled to resume at 6.30pm on the same day.

A Scoot flight en route from Singapore to Hat Yai, Thailand, has made a safe landing back at Changi Airport, after a bomb threat was declared by one of its pilots on Thursday (Apr 5).

According to Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen, the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) scrambled two F-15SG jets “within minutes” to escort Scoot flight TR634 from the South China Sea back to Singapore.

Mr Ng said in his Facebook post that the bomb threat was declared by the pilot of the Scoot plane.

In a Facebook update, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said that it had received a report regarding the bomb threat, and is investigating the matter.

Scoot told Business Insider that TR634, which departed from Changi at 1.20pm, returned to Changi Airport at 3.23pm due to the “alleged bomb threat”.

In an updated statement, Scoot added that after landing in Singapore, three passengers were offloaded for investigations.

All 173 guests and six crew members were safe.

“The aircraft was declared safe after investigations and associated procedures were concluded,” the statement said.

The flight will resume its journey to Hat Yai at 6.30pm on the same day.

“Three passengers were offloaded for follow on investigation and we are working closely with the authorities to ensure the safety of our guests,” Scoot said.