False bomb threat grounds plane bound for Egypt

Published November 19th, 2015 - 09:29 GMT

Reuters reports that a plane traveling from Poland to Egypt was grounded in Burgas, Bulgaria, after a passenger aboard made an bomb threat.

All 161 people aboard were evacuated and the Burgas airport remains closed as authorities search the plane.

"The plane landed in Burgas at 5.48am (7.48am UAE time) after a request for flight number LLP8015 travelling from Warsaw to Hurghada to make an emergency landing, due to a report of the presence of explosives on board," a spokesperson for the Burgas airport told Reuters. 

The passenger who told the crew that there may be a bomb aboard was under the influence of alcohol, according to a police spokesperson. Police are continuing to question him.

This bomb threat comes three days after Russian officials confirmed that the Metrojet Airbus A321 that crashed in Sinai on October 31 was downed by an onboard bomb.

UPDATED: According to Aswat Masriya, there were no explosives found aboard the plane. This is the third false bomb threat in the past week.

No explosives were found aboard two separate Air France planes that were diverted to Halifax and Salt Lake City due to bomb threats on Tuesday.

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