The Air France Flight 443, a Boeing 747-400 passenger jet, bound for Paris emergency landed at Recife Airport in Brazil last July 10 after receiving a bomb threat.
AF Flight 443 took off from Rio de Janeiro and later received information from Rio’s International airport control tower that someone called thirty minutes after the plane took off, saying that there was a bomb on board. The mysterious caller had a female voice.
The 405 passengers and 18 crew members were unhurt and safely evacuated according to Recife Airport authority spokesman Jorge Andrade. They were ushered in nearby hotels while a five-hour search for the bomb was conducted on the B747 passenger jet. This resulted to the 30-minute closing of the Recife airport. No bomb was found after the search and resumed its flight to Paris.
The flight was on the same route as Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which crashed last year off Brazil’s northeastern coast. 228 people were killed. There were no survivors. Until now, authorities have not yet determined the cause of the crash.