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Australian police scour plane and airport after bomb hoax

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Published: 12:28 GMT, Jun 6, 2017 |
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Police scoured a plane and airport after a bomb hoax prompted passengers to jump off a domestic service flight in rural Australia on Tuesday (June 6).

A threatening note, which turned out to be a hoax, was found in the bathroom, police and media said. It was unclear what was written on the note.

Police said the 68-seated turboprop plane with 42 passengers on board was evacuated within minutes, at the airport in Albury, in southern New South Wales, and a man was arrested.

The incident came a day after a siege in Melbourne which Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said police were treating as an “act of terrorism” after a claim by the Islamic State group that one of its fighters was the gunman responsible.

“Everything seemed normal. We came to a halt on the tarmac and then suddenly the air hostess from the back, the man, started yelling to evacuate, ‘leave all your belongings, evacuate, evacuate’, and they tore the window things out of the side of the plane. And we had to jump down out of the window,” he said.