NY-Moscow jet lands over bomb threat, no explosives found

Officials searching a Moscow-bound Russian Aeroflot passenger jet, which made an emergency landing in Iceland after receiving a bomb threat, found no explosives on board, they said Thursday.

The flight carrying at least 253 people had already left New York when an anonymous caller told US law enforcement authorities that five explosive-packed suitcases had been placed on board, the Russian news service Interfax quoted an air traffic control source in Moscow as saying.

The Airbus A-330 jet landed in Keflavik International Airport near Iceland's capital Reykjavik after requesting an emergency landing early Thursday, the airport said a statement.

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The entire airport was evacuated as a safety precaution, but searches on the plane "has not revealed any suspicious materials onboard," the Icelandic National Crisis Coordination Centre said.

Vidir Reynisson, a civil protection official, said the passengers would be flowed on another plane to Moscow, and will depart at 1830 GMT.

"The incident is still under investigation by the police in cooperation with US authorities," Reynisson said.

According to Aeroflot, there were 256 passengers on board, although the airport gave the number as 253.

by Mamoon Durrani © 2012 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Aug 16, 2012