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. watching...

    OMG. lib4aclu "wow" thats the best you got....
    CNN blocked, for what? being lame???

    go home....

    May 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lib4aclu

    Radar Maybe I can interest you in this woman I keep reffering to. She is already up there with you and can see Canada as surely as she sees Russia. She hunts grizzly bears and worships with snake handlers. From your previous posts, this sounds like a match made in Calgary. Or at least Winnipeg.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Radar

    Well said Andre. How much for Alaska or Hawwaii? Our loonie dollar is almost at par with the greenback, so we are in the market to buy!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. confused

    Hey Radar guy:

    'the veterans, wounded and dead from the Koream Conflict' already know; for almost 60 years now. But a fact is a fact.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. A real Candian...

    can someone please have Doug McKenzie set the record straight on this..
    please or maybe Bob?
    so embarrassing.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kevin

    Perhaps radar can see russia from his house...?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Radar

    We will trade you Shania Twain for Sarah Palin. Beaver for Beaver

    May 15, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron Steele

    Canadian's for your service.
    As a former Marine I can reconzie that this isn't funny to some.
    lib4aclu die!

    Semper Fi.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. lib4aclu

    Some of the posters on this blog are my fascist American friends posing as Canadians.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jen

    that is sad.
    why would lib4aclu be like that.
    too bad for her.

    Jen S.
    MSP, Mn

    May 15, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Radar

    World War III will not begin until the French surrender/

    May 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lib4aclu

    Radar DONE!!!!!!!

    May 15, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Radar

    So back to the subject, what happened to the Cathy Pacific jetliner?

    May 15, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. eager beaver..

    I'm back. great comment Radar. got to love the beaver.

    Radar DONE?

    Come on,
    that is really lame. say something if you are going to type.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. A guy who knows what a war is.

    The Korean War was a Foreign War to us Yanks. It was an actual war even without our congress having declared it. Ever wonder what the term "Veteran's of Foreign wars" meant? It's not a reference to the War of the Roses, I can assure you.

    May 15, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
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