Air France flights from US diverted after bomb threats

Published November 18th, 2015 - 07:24 GMT
Both flights were threatened after take off. (AFP/File)
Both flights were threatened after take off. (AFP/File)

A pair of Paris-bound Air France flights from the United States were diverted Tuesday night after receiving "anonymous threats", the company said.

Air France Flight 65, travelling from Los Angeles, was diverted to Salt Lake City, Utah, "because of a security incident", the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The plane, which was carrying 497 passengers, was an Airbus 380, heading to Charles de Gaulle airport.

Also Tuesday night, Air France Flight 55 from Washington Dulles International Airport was diverted to Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

Both flights were diverted becasue of bomb threats, accoring to CNN, citing an unnamed U.S. government official.

A spokesman for Halifax Stanfield International Airport told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that the Boeing 777 landed safely and all 298 passengers and crew members disembarked.

Air France said that both flights were "subjects of anonymous threats received after their respective take-offs".

"As a precautionary measure and to conduct all necessary security checks, Air France, applying the safety regulations in force, decided to request the landings of both aircraft," according to a statement, adding that the both planes landed safely and an investigation would be launched "to identify the source of the telephone call".

No additional details were available.

The incidents came on the heels of Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 victims. 

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