Boy sparks airport chaos with bomb threat

2014-05-31 22:41

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Santa Domingo- A 10-year-old boy phoned a bomb threat against a flight arriving at the Dominican Republic's main airport triggering chaos and an hours-long security lockdown, authorities said on Friday.

The boy made the threat on Tuesday against a Jetairfly plane arriving from Brussels with 274 people on board and identified himself as "Pablo Escobar, Lord of the Skies," invoking the name of a notorious Colombian drug lord who was killed in 1993.

"The phone call was made by a 10-year-old boy whose name has not been released for legal reasons," said a statement from the Caribbean country's National Investigations Department, which did not immediately reveal why the child had identified that specific flight.

Re-routing of numerous flights and other security measures led to financial losses of as much as $1 million.

Police were able to trace the phone call to a house on the outskirts of the capital Santo Domingo and the boy was arrested. He was later released to the custody of relatives.

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