May 15th, 2010
08:09 PM ET

Fighter jets escort plane over 'potential threat'

[Update 9:38 p.m. ET] The security issue was a bomb threat that had been called in at 10:43 a.m. (1:43 p.m. ET), Cpl. Sherrdean Turley of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told reporters outside the airport.

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[Update 8:28 p.m. ET] The plane, which was coming from Hong Kong, landed safely in Vancouver at 1:35 p.m. PT (4:35 p.m. ET), said Alisa Gloag, a spokeswoman for the Vancouver Airport Authority.

Passengers were deplaned and the aircraft was being towed to another area for inspection, said Gloag, who did not have information about how the threat was reported.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is investigating, Gloag said.

[Posted 8:09 p.m. ET] Two CF-18 Hornets were scrambled from a Canadian military base Saturday to escort a Cathay Pacific Airways flight into Vancouver's airport, according to an official with the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

The action was taken in response to a "potential threat" to the flight, Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD told CNN.

The plane was escorted to the airport and directed to a restricted area.

No further details were immediately available.

CNN's Greg Morrison and Nick Valencia contributed to this report.

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  1. Radar

    I remember drinking 24 Bud beer in Datona Beach in 1984 and taking the empties in the next day for a free hat. Bet you coulldn't do that with 5% Canadian Lager!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. earl

    good job Beaver.

    I like beaver, but thinking of Ellana Kagan makes me want poo.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. i see a pattern

    Sarah Palin, is she a Canadian?
    why does this person (lib4aclu) keep bring her up
    I think someone has a crush......

    May 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Radar

    Don't dish Sarah Palin. Best SNL actress I've seen in years. We will trade her for Helena Geurgis.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. lib4aclu

    eager beaver Maybe Sarah Palin is more your style. She can shoot YOUR wolves from helicopters while she simultaneously prays away YOUR gay.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. confused

    OK, so the jets came from Phoenix then?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. i like bud and daytona

    the simpler days....
    go Radar,
    I loved you on the show about WW2, almost as much as that dude that dressez like a chick,
    no not Ellana Kagan, the other one....

    May 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Radar

    WOW, did you guys hear that they scrambled CF-18s to intercept a Cathy Pacific plane this evening?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Taylor

    "When will we finally make Canada a state?? Leave Quebec behind!
    Thanks for the great work folks!

    Posted by: Tj brown"

    And then you wonder why some people from Quebec act the way they do. Clown.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ben Johnson

    Or even Ellen DeGeneres. I mean, if we're gonna trade, let's get a good deal!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. interested

    do you smell that, its the smell of gays and wolves in the morning....
    lib4aclu

    May 15, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Radar

    Hey "i like bud and daytona": I know you're f'img with me but you do know that RADAR was in MASH which was set in the Vietnam War, right?

    Wait for the chatter!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Taylor

    "When will we finally make Canada a state?? Leave Quebec behind!
    Thanks for the great work folks!"

    1) Quebec is very important. Natural ressources, etc.
    2) When will we finally make Canada a state... answer begins with "nev" and ends with "er"

    When will you grow up? Same answer.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Ben Johnson

    They do trade more than beaver pelts, right?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. tr

    this is not an escort. A real or perceived threat can lead to an intentional downing (all aboard included)

    May 15, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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