Spanish police arrest 3 for threatening a flight by phone

MADRID (AP) — Spanish police say they have arrested two men and a woman on suspicion they caused an airliner that had taken off from Madrid’s airport to turn back.

The incident occurred Dec. 14 when Spain’s airport authority received a call with a recorded voice threatening a flight bound for Brazil from Barajas using phrases including “today people will die” in Spanish and “Allah is great” in Arabic.

On board were 315 passengers and 16 crew.

Instructions to return were issued and the plane was escorted back by Spanish air force fighters.

A runway was closed as passengers and cargo were inspected, but police found no explosives and the incident was declared a false alarm.

An investigation led to the suspects who were arrested in the city of Cuenca, Saturday’s statement said.

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