Man charged over alleged bomb threat on international flight

A New South Wales man has been charged with allegedly making a hoax bomb threat towards an international flight.

The Newcastle man is accused of calling Mumbai International Airport on 26 March, 2019 to report that a bomb was on a flight travelling from Mumbai to Singapore.

Singapore’s Air Force was deployed following the threat while there was significant delays to flights in Singapore.


Following investigations by Singapore authorities and Australian Federal Police, a 39-year-old man was identified as making the call.

He was arrested at Sydney International Airport and charged with using a carriage service for hoax threat.

The man is due to front Downing Centre Local Court today.

AFP Airport Police Commander, Superintendent Peter Mullins said any threat to an airline is taken extremely seriously.

“A hoax threat is a serious matter that causes significant repercussions for the airline, airport, responding agencies and members of the public,” said Superintendent Mullins.

“The AFP works closely to ensure the safety of the travelling public at airports is maintained at all times.”