The Serbian interior ministry has declared that the bomb threat which prompted the evacuation of a Lufthansa plane bound for Frankfurt, was fake.
Local media reported that the Serbian man who was responsible had confessed to calling in a fake bomb threat to Belgrade's airport on Thursday July 18th because he was hoping for a date with an air hostess, according to AFP.
According to Reuters, Serbian state TV reported that 130 passengers and five crew members were evacuated after boarding the 6.15am HL 1411 flight, and the plane was removed from the runway. Special police units were deployed to search the aircraft.
The 65-year-old man, identified by initials ZN, told a Belgrade court that he had met a Lufthansa flight attendant in Belgrade and wanted to date her.
Apparently, having failed to find her in her hotel, he called the Nikola Tesla airport and reported that a bomb had been placed in a Lufthansa plane. The idea, he said, was to keep her in town.
Passengers and crew members were forced to wait several hours while police checked the plane before it was cleared to leave for Frankfurt. Later on, the police tracked down the culprit after tracing the landline he had used to make the call.
The court ordered the man held in custody for 30 days, and he will be charged with causing panic and unrest. A Lufthansa spokesperson confirmed the incident.