Man angry over suitcase behind wave of bomb threats

LATAM airlines kiosks stand inside the airport in Santiago Chile

LATAM airlines kiosks stand inside the airport in Santiago Chile

In Chile, Peru and Argentina, eight aircraft emergency landing due to a bomb threat on Board.

A specialist organized crime unit arrested one, 29-year-old Chilean man in the northern city of Antofagasta overnight after using cellphone triangulation to locate him, police said.

"They did not return it to him and since he was annoyed with the [airline] companies and with the entire air traffic control system, it seems like he made these calls", Rojas said.

A LATAM flight carrying passengers from Peru's capital of Lima to Santiago, Chile, was safely evacuated after making an unscheduled landing in the southern Peruvian city of Pisco on Thursday.

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LATAM said in a statement that DGAC had advised it of "bomb threats" toward planes "among them some belonging to LATAM", which resulted in two LATAM planes being diverted. He did not say what the procedure consisted of but said no explosives had been found.

"The affected passengers will be transferred by LATAM onto other flights", it said. The flights were operated by LATAM Airlines, Latin America's largest carrier, and Sky Airlines. Other planes had already reached their destination or had not taken off.

"We always have an abandoned suitcase or two, that's normal", Chilean Civil Aviation Authority head Victor Villalobos Collao told a press conference at Santiago airport, "But this is a totally exceptional case".

There was no apparent link between the two arrested men, the spokeswoman, María Angelica Venegas, said in an interview.

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