Pakistan plane alert may have been hoax

Canadian police are investigating
whether a telephone threat to a Pakistani jet which forced a diversion to
Sweden was a hoax.

The Canadian authorities were contacted
by a woman on Saturday claiming that a passenger was carrying explosives.

Passengers were taken off the plane in
Sweden and a man was detained for questioning before being released.

The plane resumed its flight and has now
arrived safely in Karachi.

She gave few details in her first call,
police say, but in the second one she said a man on board was carrying
explosives with the intention of blowing up the aircraft.

The Pakistan International Airlines
plane, a Boeing 777, was carrying more than 270 people when it was diverted to
Arlanda airport near Stockholm.

Police used sniffer dogs to search the
plane, but no explosives were found.

Swedish police detained a man described
as a Canadian of Pakistani origin in his 30s.

He was later released without charge and
allowed to leave Sweden, prosecutors said. However, the plane departed on
Saturday afternoon before he was released. Police said he would receive help to
reach his destination.

The plane flew on to the English city of
Manchester, where a fresh crew took over the controls before continuing on to
Karachi.

If the call was a hoax, the caller could
be charged with public mischief, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

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