Korean B772 near Comox on Apr 10th 2012, bomb hoax

Last Update: April 12, 2012 / 08:07:07 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 10, 2012

Flight number
KE-72

Aircraft Registration
HL7734

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

A Korean Air Boeing 777-200, registration HL7734 performing flight KE-72 from Vancouver,BC (Canada) to Seoul (South Korea) with 134 passengers and 13 crew, was enroute at FL340 over Graham Island about 450nm northwest of Vancouver about one hour into the flight when the crew turned the aircraft around and decided to return to Vancouver after the airline's office in Los Angeles had received a phone call indicating a bomb was on board of the flight. North America's Aerospace Defense Command dispatched two F-15 fighter aircraft from Portland,OR (USA) to escort the Boeing to the Canadian Forces Base at Comox,BC (Canada) about 75nm northwest of Vancouver, where the aircraft ultimately diverted to. The aircraft landed safely on Comox's runway 12 about 90 minutes after turning around. A search of aircraft, passengers and luggage found no trace of explosives. The aircraft was released to continue the flight. The airline reported a phone call was received in the Los Angeles office about 25 minutes after departure that indicated a bomb was on board. After consultation with Authorities it was decided to turn the aircraft around and to divert the aircraft to Comox. No explosives were found on board of the aircraft, that was then expected to depart Comox approximately 11 hours after landing (at 04:15L Apr 11th) and reach Seoul with a delay of 13:45 hours. The aircraft actually left Comox about 23 hours after landing and positioned to Vancouver, where the aircraft refueled. The aircraft departed Vancouver again after about 2 hours on the ground and is currently estimated to reach Seoul with a delay of 30 hours.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 10, 2012

Flight number
KE-72

Aircraft Registration
HL7734

Aircraft Type
Boeing 777-200

ICAO Type Designator
B772

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