Pakistani plane lands in Istanbul after bomb threat

September 7, 2011 18:54

ISTANBUL - A Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) passenger plane made an unscheduled landing in Istanbul on Wednesday after a bomb threat, Turkish media and the airline reported.

Television footage from Turkey's private Dogan news agency showed a PIA airliner on the tarmac at Istanbul's Ataturk airport in the west of the city.

A spokesman for the airline said the flight from Lahore to Manchester in Britain was diverted to Istanbul after PIA received an email saying there was a bomb aboard flight 709.

Passengers were allowed to disembark and were seen being bused to the terminal building, while fire engines and ambulances stood close to the plane.

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