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.

Read the full CNN.com story

[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. eager beaver..

    lib4aclu
    Ellana Kagan is a lesbian? don't you need to be a women to even have a chance of being considered a lesbian..
    just sayin...

    sorry off topic.
    hope this doesn't effect the syrup availability Sunday morn.
    this wife likes to make pancakes...

    May 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    international*

    May 15, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Erik

    I prefer scrambled eggs over scrambled jets!

    May 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kevin

    i prefer cheese over my scrambled eggs...never tried scrambled eggs over scrambled jets

    May 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Radar

    I really look back with fond memories of the Gulf War in 1991. Those were the best days for CNN. Will miss you all.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lib4aclu

    Kevin A cell phone camera has the distinct ability to distinguish a CF-18 from a Canadian goose off the wingtip of an airliner.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Actually, they scrambled two eggs from Tim Hortons.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peter

    Alisa Gloag is lucky the RCMP didn't taser her.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. wgtrr

    Scrabble hornets from Weenypig ?

    May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Radar

    Was that a scrambled jet I just heard or are you just happy to see me!

    May 15, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tj brown

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

    May 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Albanoy

    I am from Vancouver too and I'm very happy that we have USA as a neighbour so together we have NORAD and no one can attack us ever.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Radar

    This is the most ridiculous story I have ever heard – Grocho Marx.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chui

    What is the point of escorting by military fighter jets. Shoot down the airliner ! These hideous actions are all a waste of tax payers money. Looks like every time some two bit idiot passenger with provocation from these over zealous cabin crew hell bent airline minions get an itch there is an emergency declared. While real emergencies like what took place in Libya recently are for the profits of the airlines ignored with reckless abandon and impunity. Case and point, it is a well known fact that particular airport in Libya is unsafe for landing jet liners and yet the the damn problem has been ignored for decades.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. kevin

    LOL...too bad george bush didn't have one on hand when he flew over new orleans

    May 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
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