A flight from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport with 230 passengers was preparing to depart for Manila, Philippines. A passenger found two live bullets inside the plane just before take off. Panic spread among the passengers. Later they were taken safely and the police searched inside the aircraft.
After a delay of more than three hours, it finally departed for its destination. Such an incident happened on a Korean Airlines flight this Friday morning.
The Manila-bound flight was scheduled to take off at around 7:45 a.m. South Korea time today (10:45 p.m. International Standard Time Thursday). However, on the eve of the flight, a passenger found the 9 mm bullets inside the aircraft. In such a situation the aircraft returns to the terminal without taking off. Later, a security search was conducted inside the aircraft.
According to the police, there was no immediate threat of terrorism on the plane. Later at around 11:00 local time (2:00 p.m. International Standard Time) the flight departed from Incheon Airport to Manila. The aircraft was carrying 218 passengers and 12 crew members.
A police officer said, ‘We are investigating how the bullets got inside the plane.’
A Korean Air official said, the airline is looking at the results of the police investigation.
South Korea has strict gun laws. Anyone who illegally carries a firearm in the country faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 100 million won ($75,300).
Source: Prothom Alo