Indonesian plane makes emergency landing after bomb threat, all passengers safe

  • Agencies, Jakarta
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2015 10:23 IST

A passenger plane in Indonesia was forced to make an emergency landing Friday after air traffic control received a bomb threat, an official said.

An air traffic controller in Ambon had received a bomb threat via text message as the plane headed toward its intended destination of Jakarta, he said.

"A bomb threat forced a Batik Air flight to make an emergency landing this morning in Sultan Hasanuddin airport in Makassar," he said.

The Indonesian Batik Air flight was cleared by the police after inspections.

"At this time the plane has been cleared by police and all the passengers are safe and have been evacuated," Angkasa Pura director Tommy Soetomo told Reuters by text message.

The plane carrying 122 passengers was en route from the eastern island of Ambon to the capital Jakarta when it made an emergency landing in Makassar.

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