An Olympic Airlines Airbus A340
bound for Athens from New York was diverted to Shannon Airport
early Sunday morning, following a telephone threat of a bomb on
board "for Saddam" -- an apparent reference Friday's execution
of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
The 183 passengers and 12 crew disembarked from the Greek
aircraft while security experts searched the plane. Nothing was
found and the all-clear was given several hours later.
"Unknown individuals speaking English with an Arab accent warned
of the presence of a bomb on the plane, saying it was 'for
Saddam,'" an airline spokesman said, adding two calls had been
received at Athens airport early Sunday morning.