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. Olympics

    for any of you up in there, we still hate you for the loss (you know),
    but great job none the less.
    please take lib4aclu back.....

    May 15, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wgtrr

    Cathy's two Hornies Scrabbled

    May 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Radar

    GO HABS GO!!!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. i like bud and daytona

    yes Radar. all good. first thought it was civil war, but remembered we only had planes then,
    not helos.

    whatz up with lib4aclu
    she is growing on me. hope it isn't her bedtime...

    May 15, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Radar

    RADAR OUT!!!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. confused

    MASH was depicting the Korean conflict. Wasn't officially a war.
    Never declared by our congress.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Radar

    i like bud and daytona: Hate to break it to ya bro, but I think "lib4aclu" is a guy, stand down!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. poor frank..

    dam honeycut, now he is messing with planes in Canada. wonder if they will consider this a conflict.
    time for a martini....

    May 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lib4aclu


    May 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Radar

    Tell the veterans, wounded and dead from the Koream Conflict that it wasn't a WAR

    May 15, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Radar

    Sorry "lib4aclu", just trying to keep you for myself.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the man.

    is a dude?
    dont think so. I watched this before making comment.
    that level of loss starts from a lack of nutz...
    I like your comment Mr. Radar.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Radar

    My Mom is telling me to put out the light and go to bed. Goodnight John-Boy

    May 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Stacey

    this is an interesting story.
    why is lib4aclu is odd.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andre'

    Someone posted that Americans already think Canadians are stupid. I am one and I don't know of any that think Canadians are stupid. I have never heard such a comment in my 48 years. I have seen and heard that they are outlandishly liberal, but the best of friends and neighbors, I have also heard them critisize us. As our country stands now, I am not proud to be an American. Our non citizen president is doing all he can to give away national sovrenty, and bankrupt the country. Canadians are smart, (although way to liberal which in and of it self is not so smart) we are the ones who need to take a second look. We apear to be bent on our own destruction in an effort to loose ourselves from moral restraints. Due to this we are no longer America. America has been gone for some time now, it's only a pupet pretending.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
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