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WestJet bomb threat call made to Ontario airport

Saskatoon Police Service Const. Matt Maloney, of the Explosive Disposal Unit, due to high heat removes two cats from a plane during an ongoing investigation into a bomb threat in Saskatoon, Sask., on Saturday, June 27, 2015. A WestJet flight bound for Edmonton from Halifax was diverted to Saskatoon on Saturday morning following a bomb threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Saskatoon Police Service.
Saskatoon Police Service Const. Matt Maloney, of the Explosive Disposal Unit, due to high heat removes two cats from a plane during an ongoing investigation into a bomb threat in Saskatoon, Sask., on Saturday, June 27, 2015. A WestJet flight bound for Edmonton from Halifax was diverted to Saskatoon on Saturday morning following a bomb threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Saskatoon Police Service.

HALIFAX – A bomb threat that targeted a WestJet flight en route from Halifax to Edmonton was received by a small Ontario airport.

Blake Evans, the manager of Kincardine Municipal Airport, said the airport received the call shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday.

“Essentially, he said that there was a bomb on board the WestJet flight and gave us the flight number,” he said.

“It was a male voice and it appeared to be quite controlled. It didn’t sound erratic at all.”

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WestJet flight 391 was ultimately diverted to Saskatoon. No explosive devices were found on board.

Evans said the call lasted a little more than four minutes and there was no caller ID listed.

“He simply stated that there was a bomb aboard the flight. I had had some experience with calls of a mildly somewhat similar nature but nothing like this one previously.”

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Evans passed the information along to Transport Canada and the Ontario Provincial Police.

However, he can’t explain why the caller phoned that particular airport.

“We have all dialed a wrong number. Whether that might be a possibility in this case, I simply do not know,” he said.

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No arrests have been made.