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CF-18s respond to airline bomb threat

Canadian Forces fighter jets escorted an airliner to Vancouver International Airport on Saturday afternoon following a bomb threat, Defence Department officials said.

Two armed CF-18 Hornets escorted Cathay Pacific flight 838, bound for Vancouver from Hong Kong, to the airport in Richmond. It landed safely at about 1:30 p.m. PT.

"There was a bomb threat aboard an incoming flight from Hong Kong," said Jay Paxton, a spokesperson for Defence Minister Peter MacKay. "We scrambled two CF-18s, one Buffalo and one Cormorant out of [CFB] Comox. The CF-18s escorted the aircraft to Vancouver and it landed without incident. More...
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