Plane makes emergency landing in Athens after bomb threat

By REUTERS
April 4, 2011 16:42

 
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ATHENS - A British airliner traveling from Britain to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh made an emergency landing at Athens airport on Monday after receiving a bomb threat.

All 213 passengers and crew aboard the Thomson Airways Boeing aircraft were safe and police were checking the plane for any explosives, Greek police and Defense Ministry officials told Reuters.

"Thomson Airways can confirm that a security alert was raised during one of its flights, TOM 226, today from Bristol to Sharm el Sheikh. As a precautionary measure and in the interests of customer safety, the pilot took the decision to divert the aircraft into Athens airport," the company said.

"There were no customer injuries as a result of the alert," said Thomson, which is owned by UK's TUI Travel.

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