WestJet flight from Vancouver to Toronto lands in Calgary after bomb threat
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TORONTO – Another WestJet flight was the target of a bomb threat Wednesday after the airline said flight #WS722 from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary International Airport where it landed safely.
WestJet said via Twitter they believed the threat against Flight 722 to be a hoax and diverted the flight out of an abundance of caution.
We believe the threat against #WS722 is a hoax. We diverted the flight out of an abundance of caution.
— WestJet (@WestJet) July 2, 2015
It’s the fourth time a WestJet flight has received a threat in the last five days and the fifth incident involving a WestJet or Air Canada flight in the past week.
Tuesday evening a WestJet flight from Toronto to Saskatoon was forced to land after receiving a threat about an alleged explosive device. Flight 323 landed safely at the Saskatoon International Airport and Saskatoon police found no explosives on board.
A WestJet flight in Winnipeg had to be evacuated on Monday after the flight received an unspecified threat. The Boeing 737-700 was about an hour-and-a-half into its flight from Edmonton to Toronto when it made an emergency landing due to the threat. Six passengers were injured when leaving the plane via emergency slides.
On Saturday, a flight from Halifax to Edmonton was diverted to Saskatoon after receiving a bomb threat. No explosives were found and the incident caused several flight delays in Saskatoon.
On June 25, a bomb threat found on a note in the washroom of an Air Canada flight lead to the closure of the St. John’s International Airport in Newfoundland.
BELOW: Read WestJet’s statement regarding the bomb threat
“For the fourth time in five days, WestJet has experienced a bomb threat against our aircraft. Tonight, WestJet 722 from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Calgary out of an abundance of caution. Like the other three incidents, no bomb was found and the aircraft was cleared by police and returned to us. This was yet another hoax.
We worked closely tonight with the Calgary Airport Authority and Calgary Police Service to ensure the safety of our guests and crew and we thank our partners for their hard work and dedication. We also thank our guests for their patience and understanding, as they resume their journey tonight on other WestJet flights.
We understand and appreciate that four false threats in five days is generating a great deal of interest and unfortunately, rumour and speculation. We will not comment on these rumours nor will we share information about how we handle with these incidents, for obvious reasons. We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to find those responsible. Safety remains our top priority and we will continue to be vigilant to keep our guests and our crews safe.”