TOKYO — Police on Saturday arrested a reputed Japanese gangster who allegedly smuggled aboard a Thai International jetliner a hand grenade that exploded and caused the plane to dive nearly 5 miles.
Authorities said they arrested Seiki Nakagawa, 43, after his discharge from an Osaka hospital where he was treated for burns suffered in the Oct. 26 blast aboard the plane.
Nakagawa admitted that he accidentally pulled the pin of a grenade while trying to hide it in a rear toilet on board the Airbus A-300, police said. The jetliner was on a flight from Bangkok, Thailand, to Osaka, Japan, via the Philippines.
Nakagawa told police he panicked and threw the grenade into the restroom's waste bin.
The explosion caused the aircraft to dive 25,000 feet, injuring 62 of the 247 people aboard. The pilot managed to regain control of the plane and landed it in Osaka.