A 37-year-old American man who made a false bomb threat on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight has been charged with two counts of willful harm and causing distress.
Da Andy Hian Dik shouted that there was a bomb on the SIA flight from Chen Francisco to Singapore. He tried to grab a fellow passenger’s handbag. He also attacked the flight attendant who tried to stop him.
When Andy was checked by the Drug Enforcement Administration, he was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Andy is currently being held at a psychiatric facility for evaluation.
Flight SK33 took off from San Francisco, USA at 10.26pm on Monday (1.25pm on Tuesday, Singapore time). There were 208 passengers on board.
Six hours before landing in Singapore, Andy says there is a bomb in one of the suitcases. The Singapore Police Department said it received information about the bomb threat on the plane at 2.40am on Wednesday. The flight landed at Changi Airport at 5.50 am, escorted by F-16 fighter jets of the Singapore Air Force. After landing the aircraft was taken to a secluded area of the runway in Terminal 3.
The Singapore Armed Forces’ Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Bomb Defense Team checked the plane and confirmed that the bomb threat was false.
It stated that the police will not hesitate to take strict action against those who spread false information that may create tension among the public. The police noted that false threats create panic among the public and require more public resources to be used to investigate such incidents.