Bomb threat at Saipan airport


The Commonwealth Ports Authority received at 9:18am yesterday a phone call from an anonymous caller threatening to “blow up” the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport.

CPA immediately activated its airport emergency plan.

In accordance with that plan, CPA notified its tenants and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the bomb threat, and CPA Ports Police immediately began its investigation.

The Ports Police, aided by dog sniffers from the K-9 unit, searched the airport and found nothing suspicious.

According to a CPA statement, yesterday the FBI contacted the anonymous caller around 10am and, after speaking with the caller, the FBI determined that the threat was not credible. The statement did not indicate how the FBI traced which number to call.

The all-clear was declared at the airport at 11:09am. The CPA statement said that, after doing a thorough search of the premises, CPA Ports Police determined that the airport’s terminal premises were all clear.

There were no reports of injuries.

Saipan Tribune
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