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Boeing plane makes safe emergency landing in Athens

Chartered passenger plane travelling from Britain to Egypt had received a bomb threat

Boeing plane makes safe emergency landing in Athens
EMERGENCY LANDING: A Boeing airplane travelling from Britain to Egypt made an emergency landing at Athens airport on Monday (Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only)

A Boeing 757-200

travelling from Britain to the Egyptian resort of Sharm el

Sheikh made an emergency landing at Athens' airport on Monday

after receiving a bomb threat, officials said.

All 213 passengers are safe and police are checking the

plane for any explosives, police and Defence Ministry officials

told Reuters.

The plane was chartered by Thomson Airways, owned by UK's

TUI Travel confirmed the emergency landing.

"A British passenger plane chartered by Thomson Airways made

an emergency landing at Athens international airport after a

bomb threat. The plane was flying to Egypt," an airport official

said.

A police official said the passengers were now in the

airport terminal. "It will take some time to check the whole

plane".

A Defence Ministry official said Greek jets escorted the

plane to Athens after it received the bomb threat.

"At 1417 (1117 GMT) the plane requested to land, at 1422

(1122 GMT) two F16 jets took off from Greece and escorted it, at

1452 (1152 GMT) the Boeing landed at Athens international

airport," said the official who declined to be named.

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