Four planes make emergency landings in Chile and Peru after bomb threats

LATAM airlines kiosks stand inside the airport in Santiago Chile

Chilean police arrested two men over bomb threats that grounded nine commercial airplanes in Chile, Peru and Argentina on Thursday.

Flight LATAM 2369, originating from Lima, the capital of Peru, and heading for Santiago, was forced to land in the southern Peruvian city of Pisco, the DGAC said.

According to officials in Peru, no passengers were injured and the situation is under control.

And on Crete, a Condor Airways flight made an emergency landing at Chania airport over an alleged bomb threat on board, local media say.

LATAM is Latin America's largest airline.

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Latam flight 433 from Mendoza, Chile to Santiago was evacuated on the runway due to another bomb threat, while Latam flight 800, coming from Auckland, New Zealand, performed an emergency landing at its destination of Santiago.

Chile's capital Santiago was either the origination or the destination for four out of five flights - inspections of three of planes found no bombs, and at least one was allowed to resume its flight.

"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".

Prosecutor Eduardo Baeza said Sepulveda Robles made threats that affected 11 flights.

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.

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