Fighter jets scrambled after threatening note discovered in lavatory
An EgyptAir flight carrying 326 people on board was forced into making an emergency landing in Scotland after what appeared to be a hoax threat was found in the lavatory.
The Boeing 770-300 jet was travelling from Cairo to New York City on June 15 when crew reported the discovery of a threatening note, which claimed that the aircraft would be set on fire.
As a result, the plane’s course was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport with British Royal Airforce Jets scrambled to escort the craft in its landing, where passengers were disembarked and taken into the terminal.
A bomb squad search the aircraft and its luggage, finding no suspicious items. Police confirmed the suspicious note on board, and began the process of interviewing passengers before the plane could be released.
After six-and-a-half hours the flight was still on the ground at Prestwick.
Earlier this year, Nepali police were forced to investigate whether a bomb threat that delayed a Dubai-bound flight was an April Fool’s Day hoax.
The Nepal Airlines flight was grounded at Kathmandu International Airport for more than three hours after authorities were warned there was a bomb on board. No bomb was found and the plane took off and landed safely in Dubai.