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Another bomb threat made to WestJet flight, this time on Victoria-bound flight

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DH Vancouver Staff Jul 03, 2015 10:09 am

Yesterday, WestJet received yet another bomb threat making it a total of five threats in six days.

It’s been a tough week for the Canadian charter air carrier, as Flight 1709 from Las Vegas to Victoria received another hoax bomb threat around 4:20 p.m. The plane managed to land safely at 5:43 p.m.

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Officials continue to take the bomb threat seriously by using a bomb-sniffing dog. On Twitter, the airline said, “This week’s false threats are all criminal investigations, and we will support investigators as they seek out those responsible.”

The string of hoax threats have been solely targeted to WestJet, and criminal investigations are still underway. In all cases, no bomb was found.

On June 27, a flight on route from Halifax to Edmonton with 147 passengers was diverted to Saskatoon due to a hoax bomb threat. A four-minute call was made by a male caller suggesting there was a bomb on board the plane.

On Monday night, a plane headed from Edmonton to Toronto made an emergency landing after an unspecified threat. The flight crew told all 54 passengers to “just get out of the plane.” The situation caused panic, resulting in six injured passengers.

On Tuesday night, another WestJet flight from Toronto to Saskatoon made an emergency landing after another bomb threat. No explosives were found, and the plane managed to land safely at John Diefenbaker Airport at 7 p.m. securing the 113 passengers on board. Police say the “active crimininal investigation” is continuing.

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