PIA flight cleared for take off in China after bomb hoax


A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight made an emergency landing at China’s Tianjin airport Friday, following a bomb hoax.

After taking off from Beijing, flight PK-852 was en route Tokyo when it made the emergency landing in Tianjin amid a bomb scare, PIA spokesman Danial Gilani said.

The information about the presence of the bomb originated in China, said Gilani. The source of the bomb threat is being probed by Chinese authorities.

At Tianjin, the plane was searched and passengers made to disembark, following which Chinese authorities gave clearance to the plane to take off for Tokyo.

PIA flight 852 had departed from Islamabad to Beijing, from where it was scheduled to reach Tokyo after a brief stopover in China.