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Youth caught over Queenstown bomb scare

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/08/2016
Queenstown airport © Getty images Queenstown airport

A Queenstown youth has been caught following a bomb scare that prompted an evacuation of the city's airport.

Police say they've spoken to the person behind a threatening note on board Qantas flight QF121 from Sydney, which landed in Queenstown on July 24.

They say a Queenstown youth has been referred to Youth Aid over the incident.

A cleaner discovered the note, which mentioned a bomb, on the plane while on the tarmac.

The airport terminal was evacuated as Aviation Security were called in.

No explosives were found on the plane, but police say the threat caused serious disruption, including delays and diversions for both domestic and international flights.

Queenstown Airport is ranked as the fourth busiest of New Zealand's airports for passengers. It hosts about 1.6 million visitors through the terminal a year.

It's located in Frankton, 10 minutes from Queenstown, a busy resort that serves several ski fields in the area.

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