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Etihad finds bomb hoax

An Etihad flight en-route to Islambad from Abu Dhabi was diverted following a bomb scare.

An Etihad flight en-route to Islambad from Abu Dhabi was diverted following a bomb scare.

Flight EY231 made an emergency landing in Karachi after a bomb threat note was discovered in the toilets of the Airbus A330 last month.

The aircraft, which was carrying 193 passengers and 14 cabin crew on-board, landed safely in the Pakistani city. Once passengers had disembarked, the plane was thoroughly searched but no explosive devices were found.

Iain Burns, a spokesman for Etihad said: "The safety of our customers is of paramount importance and the pilot's thorough training led to his correct decision to divert the aircraft to Karachi and thankfully, the note was found to be a hoax after the authorities searched the plane thoroughly. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused and we thank them for their patience, calmness and understanding."

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