Man falsely claims bomb on plane resulting injuries on 11 passengers

Due to the false information, Frantinus Nirigi who claimed to carry a bomb in the airplane cabin of Lion Air JT 687 with destination to Jakarta from Supadio Airport in Pontianak provided, 11 passengers sustained injuries and had been taken to the hospital.

Police confirmed that the 11 passengers on an Indonesian flight preparing to take off from Borneo island were injured, mostly with broken bones and head wounds, after a man falsely said there was a bomb on board.

The statement was heard by another passenger and making them hysterical. “The flight attendant already tried to calm the passenger, but the panic was inevitable,” said the Public Relations of West Kalimantan Regional Police, Senior Commissioner Nanang Purnomo, May 28, 2018.

Nirigi was arrested by airport security officers while the plane was checked. As a result, security officers did not get any suspicious items or bombs. Nirigi was taken to the headquarters of the Pontianak Police headquarters to undergo examination.

Nirigi is threatened with imprisonment for his joke. Based on Law No. 1 of 2009 concerning to aviation, Article 437 paragraph 1 stated that every person who submits false information that endangers the safety of flight as intended in Article 344 letter e shall be subject to imprisonment for a maximum of 1 (one) year.

Video online showed dozens of people standing on the Boeing 737’s right wing. Some slid down the right engine and landed on the tarmac.


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