Various flights were suspended and diverted after a possible bomb scare at Toronto island airport, passengers however were evacuated safely, reports.
Toronto island airport
Panic took over Toronto island airport due to a possible bomb scare at the airport. Numerous flights were suspended and passengers were ordered an evacuation as police revealed a possible explosive device found around the airport’s ferry terminal.
Toronto police said that 2 people had been detained cooperating with the investigation. Police said they were called soon before 4 pm on Saturday to Billy Bishop airport’s mainland ferry terminal to investigate a suspicious package.
2 residential buildings near the ferry terminal also were evacuated and a 3rd was partially evacuated. As a precautionary measure, the airport’s runway was shut and a few flights were diverted.
“We are dealing with a potential explosive device,” Toronto police stated in a tweet. The airport told its runway was shut and 2 Air Canada flights were diverted to Hamilton, Ontario. Passengers stranded inside the terminal for several hours stated they were being evacuated by water taxis.
Police shared an update regarding the bomb scare on Twitter
Further, the police shared an update regarding the bomb scare on Twitter. “POLICE INVESTIGATION: UPDATE Billy Bishop Airport Ferry Terminal – 2 persons of interest are in custody – We are dealing with a potential explosive device – 34 Little Norway, 681 Queens Quay have been evacuated – Partial evacuation of 650 Queen Quay,” read the tweet.
“Runway is shut for the evening. Porter has completed its flight schedule for the evening. 2 Air Canada flights diverted to Hamilton. Passengers staying in the terminal are being evacuated at present,” airport officials stated.
Toronto Mayor John Tory said in a tweet
Several roads in the area were shut too. Toronto Mayor John Tory stated in a tweet that he knows the shutdown of the area ‘has been and continues to be incredibly disruptive for many people, those who live and work in the area and those traveling, and I thank them for their patience.”
A few weeks ago, a similar incident took place at Mumbai International airport, where airport officials received a warning about a bomb being placed on an IndiGo aircraft.
There was tight security and numerous passengers were stranded for hours at the airport. Later, it was revealed that the warning turned out to be a hoax.
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Source: ZEE News