Only two days after two bomb threats were responsible for the diversion of two Air France planes bound for France from the US, a plane belonging to Polish airline LOT was forced to divert and land at Burgas Airport in Bulgaria while en route to Hurghada in Egypt from Warsaw in Poland.
“The plane landed in Burgas at 5.48 am (0348 GMT) 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 press officer for the airport said, while a spokesman for the Polish airline confirmed it was a charter flight.
Jakub Flasinski, a Polish diplomat currently in Bulgaria confirmed to Polish news channel TVN24 that the situation was “under full control”.
This incident comes just two days after two Air France planes flying to Paris from Washington and Los Angeles were diverted to Halifax and Salt Lake City as a result of bomb threats. Air France confirmed that both flights AF055 and AF065 were diverted as they “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,” the statement added. “Local authorities are carrying out complete inspections of the aircraft, the passengers and their luggage. An investigation will be led by the authorities to identify the source of the telephone call.”
Air France flight AF55 with 262 passengers and crew on board was flying to Paris from Washington, DC before being diverted to Halifax. Nova Scotia RCMP confirmed all passengers had been successfully evacuated and were moved to “a secure area in the airport terminal,” Peter Spurway, a spokesperson for Halifax Stanfield International Airport, told CBC News.
At approximately the same time, Air France flight AF65 with 497 passengers and crew on board and travelling from Los Angeles to Paris was diverted to Salt Lake City due to a bomb, landing in Salt Lake City at 7:30 pm local time. Airport officials confirmed that a bomb threat had been made and that they received a warning subsequent to the plane’s departure from Los Angeles.
The FBI have since confirmed that no evidence has been found that “would lend credibility” to threats against the Los Angeles to Paris Air France flight.
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