Chartered passenger plane travelling from Britain to Egypt had received a bomb threat
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
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
A police official said the passengers were now in the
airport terminal. "It will take some time to check the whole
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.