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Bomb threat forces emergency landing

2011-04-04 19:04

Athens - A Boeing 757-200 travelling from Britain to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh made an emergency landing at Athens' airport on Monday after receiving a bomb threat, officials said.

All 213 passengers are safe and police are checking the plane for any explosives, police and Defence Ministry officials told Reuters.

The plane was chartered by Thomson Airways, owned by UK's TUI Travel. TUI Travel confirmed the emergency landing.

"A British passenger plane chartered by Thomson Airways made an emergency landing at Athens international airport after a bomb threat. The plane was flying to Egypt," an airport official said.

A police official said the passengers were now in the airport terminal. "It will take some time to check the whole plane".

A Defence Ministry official said Greek jets escorted the plane to Athens after it received the bomb threat.

"At 14:17 (11:17 GMT) the plane requested to land, at 14:22 (11:22 GMT) two F16 jets took off from Greece and escorted it, at 14:52 (11:52 GMT) the Boeing landed at Athens international airport," said the official who declined to be named.