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EgyptAir flight makes emergency landing in Uzbekistan after bomb threat

There were 118 passengers and 17 crew members on board, all of whom were safely evacuated

EgyptAir flight makes emergency landing in Uzbekistan after bomb threat
EgyptAir (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

An EgyptAir flight to China was forced to make an emergency landing in Uzbekistan on Wednesday after the airline received a call claiming that there was a bomb on board, two Egyptian aviation officials said.

There were 118 passengers and 17 crew members on board, all of whom were safely evacuated. The plane was searched but no explosives were found, they said.

Security services are currently examining the plane.

"The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank God," said one of the officials.

EgyptAir has received a number of bomb threats since one of its aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19. All have turned out to be hoaxes.

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