Drunken man causes bomb scare at Tallinn airport

Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport. (Siim Lõvi/ERR)
8/26/2016 12:32 PM
Source: BNS
Category: News

On Thursday afternoon, a drunken Estonian citizen caused a bomb alert to be triggered aboard a plane at Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport after hinting to a fellow passenger that there was a bomb on the plane.

The fellow passenger interpreted the 39-year-old man's words as a bomb threat and notified the pilot of the Tallinn-Kiev flight, who in turn initiated the necessary following steps, a spokesman for the North Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) told BNS on Friday.

"When the explosives team, rescue and ambulance workers and the police arrived, the pilot had already evacuated the nearly 90 passengers from the plane," said the spokesman.

The police escorted the man to the station, and after thorough checks, the flight to Kiev was able to depart.

According to Estonia's Penal Code, the man could be fined or sentenced to up to five years in prison.

Editor: Aili Sarapik

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