Chinese police are investigating telephone threats that led to the grounding of five flights around the country on Wednesday,though officials said no planes were in actual danger.
The Civil Aviation Administration said in a statement that the threats constituted the crime of transmitting false terroristic information and suspects were being pursued. It gave no details on the specific threats.
The flights were operated by Shenzhen Airlines,China Eastern Airlines,and Juneyao Airlines and originated in the cities of Shanghai,Lanzhou and Nanjing. Xinhua News Agency said three flights made emergency landings following the threats that began at 8 am.