The band suffer an hour of agony when their transatlantic flight is diverted after a bomb threat is received...
D-12 were caught up in a mid-air bomb scare yesterday
(September 18), after the passenger jet in which they were returning to the US
was told a bomb was onboard.
The Virgin Atlantic flight was
four and a half hours into its trip from London Heathrow to
New York’s JFK when the pilot was alerted by
London that a threat had been telephoned in warning of a bomb
onboard. The plane immediately diverted to Newfoundland, where
it safely landed. However, passengers had to endure an hour between being told by
the pilot of the ‘threat’ and their safe arrival in Canada.
“The pilot told us
we were an hour from our destination and there was some confusion as this
certainly wasn’t true,” Hannah Tuchster, one of 314 people
onboard, told the Daily Mirror. “The captain then told us very
calmly there had been a bomb alert and the truth dawned on the entire plane. I
cannot believe how calm people were, although I know each one of us was
“All the passengers stuck together and people were
pretty calm,” D-12 manager Mikey Eckstine said.
“It was amongst the worst times I’ve ever had, but we were treated brilliantly by
The plane was met by bomb squad officers with sniffer dogs, who
checked every piece of the craft and luggage carried. Nothing was found. After
seven hours the passengers took off again and headed to JFK.
They landed at the airport, currently on high alert, at 9.43pm (BST).