Qantas Bomb Hoax of 1971

Qantas Bomb Hoax of 1971

In 1971, Australia's Qantas Airlines was part of an elaborate extortion attempt that turned out to be hoax. The story of “Mr. Brown” and forthcoming bomb threat on Qantas flight 755 is arguably legendary.

Photo: abc.net.au

Photo: abc.net.au

According to ABC News Australia, “Qantas flight 755 from Sydney to Hong Kong was carrying a explosive, he warned. And it was set to detonate as the plane came in to land. Mr Brown would tell staff at Qantas House he had hidden a bomb onboard an international flight to Hong Kong. For a mere $500,000, he would lead authorities to its exact location, sparing the lives of all those on the flight. But if you don't believe me, he taunted, why not inspect Locker 84 at Sydney's Kingsford-Smith International Airport where I've placed a replica device? Mr Brown was not bluffing — or at least, that's what authorities were led to believe.Inside the unassuming metal locker, police uncovered the unthinkable: a bomb constructed of gelignite with an altimeter-triggered detonator. With it was a note: should the plane descend below 20,000 feet (6,000 metres), the bomb will explode…”

Check out this episode of Ghost Town for the full story.

Photo: abc.net.au

Photo: abc.net.au