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06 June 2023

Phone in a bomb threat, keep your man at home

Grace Guajardo, right, from Chile, accompanied by her boyfriend, Rodrigo Gomez, leaves the court where she was taken after making a bomb threat in Santiago, Chile. (AP)


A Chilean woman desperate to keep her boyfriend home called in a bomb threat as his Iberia airline flight to Spain prepared for takeoff, police said Monday.

Francisca Galleguillos allegedly warned authorities about the would-be bomb Sunday, when her boyfriend was scheduled to depart from Santiago's international airport to Madrid, according to a police source who requested anonymity.

Marco Arancibia, 39, was traveling to Spain to begin working on a cruise ship for eight months, and there were no stops in Chile, according to local media reports.

Galleguillos was arrested and transferred to a detention center in Santiago.

Flight 6830 was at the point of takeoff when she called authorities and made the false report. As a result, 312 passengers were evacuated.

After the crew and passengers got off, authorities searched the plane and did not find any explosives, Eduardo del Canto, head of airport security, told journalists.

The passengers spent the night at a Santiago hotel and were booked onto a flight to Spain scheduled to depart Monday night, local media reported.

The woman initially told authorities that her boyfriend's father was hospitalized in an accident, police said. But when that tale proved insufficient, she reported a bomb on the plane.