NORAD jet fighters intercept Korean Air passenger jet after bomb threat

NORAD jet fighters intercepted a Korean Air passenger jet carrying 147 people and escorted it to a safe emergency landing at a military base in British Columbia  after the airline received a bomb threat, officials said Tuesday. Two F-15 fighter jets escorted the Boeing 777 to 19 Wing Comox on Vancouver Island because of a threat associated with the aircraft, a NORAD spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m ET, said Maj. Holly Apostoliuk of NORAD in Canada.The F-15s that conducted the intercept were scrambled from Portland, Oregon, she said.

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