Fri, Aug 18, 2006
ANN REALTIME UPDATE 08.18.06 1500
EDT: Things are returning to normal at the airport in Brindisi,
Italy, where a British charter flight bound for Egypt was diverted
Friday after a note written on a sick bag claimed a bomb was
onboard the Boeing 767.
"The alarm has been called off," said Brindisi border police
chief Salvatore de Paolis.
A spokesperson for Excel Airways said the landing was a
"It is all over," said the spokeswoman. "The checks have gone on
and once it is all cleared the passengers are going back onto the
aircraft and it will resume its journey -- sooner rather than
later, we hope."
Aero-News has learned a chartered British 767 enroute to Egypt
was diverted to a southern Italian airport Friday, after the pilot
reported a bomb may have been onboard.
Italian officials told the Associated Press the plane landed in
Brindisi after receiving an escort by an Italian Air Force F-16,
following the discovery of a handwritten note saying there was a
bomb on the plane.
Salvatore De Paolis, a spokesman for border police at the
airport, told SKY TG 24 television news the note was written in
The plane was flying from London's Gatwick airport -- one
of three British airports under heightened security after te
foiling of a suspected terror plot earlier this month -- to
Hurghada, Egypt, according to Italy's ENAV air traffic agency.
All 280 passengers and crew were safely taken off the aircraft,
and authorities are now searching the plane.
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