An Australian passenger has been arrested after allegedly making a bomb threat on a Perth-bound flight.
The Scoot flight was forced to turn back to Singapore on Thursday as a “precautionary measure” after one of the passengers allegedly made a bomb threat.
A 30-year-old Australian man was arrested for criminal intimidation, Channel News Asia reported.
Singapore Minister for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen confirmed two air force F-15SG’s jets were activated to escort the flight back to Changi Airport due to a “suspected bomb threat on board”.
“The flight had departed Singapore and was enroute to Perth. Our fighters escorted the airliner till it landed safely at Changi Airport,” he said in a statement of Facebook at 11.30pm (SST) on Thursday.
“We thank our RSAF team who are on stand-by 24/7 to keep Singapore safe.”
Flight TR16 was spotted making a U-turn over Bangka Island in Indonesia just half an hour into the flight before beginning it’s return to Singapore’s Changi Airport, according to data from Flightradar24.
The plane flew in loops over the South China Sea east of Malaysia for close to an hour before bee-lining for Singapore where it landed at 6.26pm on Thursday.
Multiple flights due to land at Changi Airport were also put into holding patterns over the Riau Islands while police dealt with flight TR16.
The plane appeared to be held on the tarmac of Runway 3 for a number of minutes and it is not known if it ever returned to the terminal.
The Scoot flight stayed in Singapore for more than five hours before returning to the sky at 11.41pm.
It was due to land in Perth at 4.22am (ACWST) on Friday.
Scoot and the Department of Foreign Affairs has been contacted for comment.