September 25th, 2010
09:54 AM ET

Authorities release suspect held in 'aviation sabotage' plot

[Update: 11:54 a.m.] A man arrested in connection with an emergency plane landing in Sweden on Saturday has been released, authorities said.
"The on-call prosecutor has decided not to arrest the man who has been
held suspected of bringing explosives onto an airplane," according to a
statement from the Swedish Prosecution Authority. "The suspicions against this man are not strong enough to formally arrest him and he is therefore free to leave Sweden."

Authorities arrested a passenger after a plane made an emergency landing in Sweden on Saturday morning, police said.

The plane - which had 273 people onboard and was flying from Canada to Pakistan - landed after a caller told authorities that a passenger had explosives with him.

All passengers were later evacuated from the plane, Stockholm Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said.

The man in custody is suspected of "preparation of aviation sabotage," Lindgren said, adding that no explosives had been found yet.

"Right now we are still searching through the plane and the baggage, but we have found no explosives on the man," he said.

He said police still are determining what exactly was said during the call that forced the plane to land. "Our priority is to find out what happened on that plane," Lindgren said.

The man was arrested in a "very nondramatic fashion" as passengers filed off the plane, he added. While the man was carrying a passport, police are still investigating his identity.

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  1. Floria sigmundi

    I bet this was a scary situation

    Checkout this video on YouTube

    September 25, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Neerav

    Not only is this hoax morally wrong; but since the person on the flight was questioned and released, this will lead to federal charges against the woman who did the hoax. I do not know how the Candian justice system works, but the charges against this woman will be serious. I hope they find out who the woman is, find out what her motive were and make sure that justice is served by having her both heavily fined and having her spend a LONG time behind bars.

    September 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |