Wife's emailed threat leads to Macau flight delay: aviation police
By Joy Lee, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A woman allegedly emailed a threat to an airline yesterday because her husband did not inform her about his trip to Macau in advance, according to the Aviation Police Office (APO).
December 29, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
The APO said that a TransAsia Airways flight from Taipei to Macau was scheduled to depart at 12:50 p.m. yesterday; however, airline staff members received two threatening emails at different times at around 11 p.m.
TransAsia Airways said that the 144 passengers and seven crew members onboard were evacuated after the plane returned to the ramp from the runway.
According to the APO, the first email said “There better be a crash,” and the second email said “Sorry, that was a mistake.”
The APO said that “the airline immediately reported this incident to the APO and they tracked the source of the emails, which led them to a male passenger surnamed Liu on flight GE353.”
A SWAT team asked Liu and his two friends to leave the plane before taking them off for further questioning, local reports said. Liu denied sending the emails and said they may have been mistakenly sent by his family members.
Liu's wife said she was “depressed” when she discovered her husband's flight reservation to Macau, which her husband had not informed her of, according to the APO. Therefore she used her husband's email to send the threat to the airline.
TransAsia Airways said that after receiving the threat they conducted a thorough search and did not discover any security breaches or problems. Passengers were transferred to another plane that was scheduled to depart at 4:10 p.m.