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An aircraft was screened by the police’s dog unit on Tuesday after it was alleged that the plane had bombs on board.

Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) confirmed that flight SQ 478 from Singapore Airlines was grounded after a bomb scare was received.

The flight was grounded for several hours until the K9 unit completed its screening.

Tshililo Mnenzhe, senior client service manager at ACSA, confirmed that the aircraft was searched.

“Emergency services were activated along with Fire and Rescue and the South African Police Service. At approximately 11:39 the aircraft was declared safe by the SAPS, after screening was completed by K9 units.”

At this stage, it’s not clear how many passengers were affected by the bomb scare.

ACSA released a statement committing to acting swiftly to ensure the safety of passengers.

“As ACSA we will continue to act swiftly to prioritise the safety of all our passengers.”

Image credit: Sightseeing Scientist

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