A WestJet flight en route from Vancouver to Ottawa has been diverted to Thunder Bay because of a security incident.
The airline says it received a threat against flight WS142, which flew out of Vancouver just after 4 pm, and diverted at the request of Transport Canada.
WestJet says the plane landed, and all passengers have safely disembarked. It says and authorities determined the threat to be “non-specific and non-credible.”
The company says it is now following the lead of law enforcement.
Executive Officer Chris Adams with Thunder Bay Police,
“The RCMP received information about a possible explosive on board the aircraft, and as a precaution the aircraft was diverted from its path to Thunder Bay.”
Adams says all passengers and crew are safe and will be interviewed.
All guests & crew members of #WS142 have now safely deplaned. Guests will be put up in hotels before continuing to their final destination.
— WestJet (@WestJet) August 4, 2016
While the plane has now landed safely, it was a frightening evening for passengers aboard… and their families.
Robert Billard’s 14-year-old son was on the flight, and says he got a text from the teen as the plane was descending into Thunder Bay.
“He said the plane just landed in Thunder Bay ’cause of a threat to the plane, we have landed and the RCMP are coming. I’m OK right now.”
He then found someone on Twitter whose sister was also on the plane, and the message worried him
“Her tweet [said] the last text I got was she had to leave everything behind and raise her hands above her head.”
Billard says his son was asked to leave his cell phone behind as passengers left the plane, he has yet to hear from him.