I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2 Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4283 times:
Yeah... I deleted it because the other member had absolutely no info about it and I couldn't (and still can't) find any information on it. So since the other thread had really no content and the story couldn't even be confirmed I deleted it. But this thread is fine. At least 9V-SPK gives some detail into the incident, lol.
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4274 times:
As I'm reading a chinese newspaper, i can only translate it.
"While the United States is in fear of under terriorists attacks, Hong Kong airport securities discoverd 7 rectangle shaped explosived hidden in one of the cabinets in the toilet on flight UA895 two days ago, more than 300 passengers luckily escaped the "Possible tragedy". As it was a serious situation, Police demanded a careful search on the whole plane again, that also caused a delay for its next flight to Singapore. After examining the explosives police confirmed that the explosives have a possible danger, now under investigation.
Authorities also have no idea how the explosives could be moved to the toilet, especially after 911 when securities are so tight. They also think it is very unusual, considering that the plane is heading for BOTH Singapore and Hong Kong. Authorities are now contacting both Hong Kong and SIngapore authorities, also examining the passenger list on both flights. However they have the reason to believe that the explosives might be used as a "Commit Suicide" attack.
Ua 895, B744 1st stop SFO and then ORD, 2 days ago arrvied at HKG airport at 4:30 carrying 314 passengers and 21 crew. The plane was supposed to fly as UA805 to Singapore at 7:55pm. However when airport securities were examining the plane as usual, they discovered the 7 explosives in the toilet, each 6cm long, wrapped with black paper. Because of the serious situation, the plane had to be re-examined again but no new discoveries were found. Flight to Singapore was delayed 1 hour and 17 mins before it's flight to Singapore.
Frequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4263 times:
Hey Chris! Totally agree and credits to you for deleting that. "Explosives found on UA895.........according HK news reports - end" sounds like a bogus way to get you going. If you don't have the info, ask for it in the thread!
Anyway, I've been looking for such reports but nothing so far.
B744 From New Zealand, joined Dec 1999, 491 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4050 times:
I agree with PANYNJ. Often when we get breaking news on this forum, it starts off with just few brief words and then gets added to as information becomes available. It's one of the ways that the CivAv forum is so popular as most of us hear about news here before anywhere else.
I Like To Fly From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1188 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 3971 times:
Guys... it isn't like a plane crash. People were confused and there was no information about the story anywhere. The post had been viewed hundreds of times and all the replies were doubting its validity. The topic wasn't developing at the time. A post that is up all afternoon with no developments and people suggesting deletion gets deleted... sorry.
9V-SPK From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2001, 1646 posts, RR: 6 Reply 14, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3901 times:
The news said that the plane took off from SFO first, well i also felt a bit strange about that too.
Here's an annoucnement made by UA. (Picture is from the daily newspaper.)
United Airlines has confirmed yesterday (21st May) that flight UA895 from Chicago Ohare to Hong Kong, after its arrival in Hong Kong Airport securities discovered that in one of the toilets there were objects that shaped in a round comb shape. Due to security reasons United Airlines have informed the Hong Kong Airport Authorities and have reported the matters to the police.
United Airlines have always provided safety and reliable service to its passengers, and have obeyed different rules to match the security measure.
UA 895 was operated by B744 aiurcraft, carrying 314 passengers and 21 crew. After confirming that the plane is in safe condition, it has continued its flight to Singapore at 21:10pm Hong Kong time.
SCARE IN HONGKONG
Security sweep of plane uncovers suspicious sticks
The suspicious material was found in the plane's toilet
The seven sticks, about 6cm in length, were wrapped tightly in brown paper
May 23, 2002
COULD it have been part of a terrorist attack or was it just a prank?
For several hours on Tuesday evening, Hongkong security personnel grappled with this question as they kept passengers of a Singapore-bound plane waiting in transit.
The security staff had found seven sticks of "firecracker-like-objects" in the toilet of United Airlines Flight UA895 on a routine sweep at Chek Lap Kok airport, an HK Airport Authority spokesman told The New Paper this morning.
"They were not real explosives. The matter has been handed over to the Hongkong police for further investigation", said the spokesman.
Hongkong's Apple Daily newspaper had earlier reported that "explosives" were discovered.
They were hidden in a compartment under the sink of one of the cabin toilets, airport officials and the police told Apple Daily newspaper.
The "explosives" were described as about 6cm in length - about the size of an adult thumb - and contained a black "explosive" substance.
Closely resembling sticks of dynamite, the explosives were wrapped tightly in brown paper, the newspaper said.
335 PEOPLE ON BOARD
The Boeing 747-400 from Chicago had got there at 4.34 pm via San Francisco with 314 passengers and 21 flight crew onboard.
It was scheduled to arrive in Singapore at 7.55pm the same day.
A Hongkong airport official said it was part of Hongkong's safety procedures for security personnel to board and search a plane when it is in transit.
Prof Chao Song Wei (hanyu pinyin) from the Chinese University in Hongkong told Apple Daily said that the tightly wrapped material could intensify the blast.
Even if the blast had not been strong enough to kill anyone, it was likely to generate dense smoke that could endanger the lives of passengers, he speculated.
However, Hongkong's bomb squad told Apple Daily that the circumstances surrounding this case were peculiar, and indicated that further investigations with Singapore and the US need to be carried out.
Hongkong police and United Airlines spokesmen would not comment further.
A more intensive search for other dangerous materials was carried out but revealed nothing further.
The flight finally took off for Singapore at 9.12pm, more than an hour late.
After last year's tragedy in New York, this incident comes as another blow to United Airlines security.
A spokesman maintained that security has been very tight since Sept 11. He could not, however, explain how the objects could have therefore come to be in the plane.
CXCPA From Hong Kong, joined May 2000, 387 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (11 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3574 times:
This event prove that the extremely high security measures at US airports is useless. The security measure at HK airport is quite good. US government should investigate why such events happens.
And the security board of Hong Kong Government said that it is a minor case today. Hong Kong Government are..........................................
I think the Chief Executive should be the passenger of that plane. Then this event is very serious. I don't know what HK government are thinking!