Bomb threat grounds jet in Singapore

Last updated at 11:24 06 October 2003

A bomb threat has forced Singapore Airlines to cancel a flight to London.

Police are investigating the threat to Singapore Airlines flight SQ318 which was due to leave at 9am local time with 127 passengers onboard, airline spokesman Rick Clements told reporters.

The airline said passengers would be transferred to another flight due to leave later on Monday.

Singapore Airlines and its unit Silk Air have already installed bullet-proof reinforced cockpit doors and use sky marshals armed with stun guns on flights deemed high risk.

Singapore stepped up security after the September 11, 2001, hijack attacks on the United States and tightened it again after last October's devastating bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali in neighbouring Indonesia.

The last known bomb threat against Singapore Airlines involved a flight bound for Los Angeles in October last year.

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