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Wed 15 Oct 2008 03:03 PM

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Etihad plane forced to land after bomb hoax

UPDATE 1: 193 passengers disembarked after note found in toilet.

An Etihad Airways passenger jet was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Pakistan on Wednesday after a hoax note warning of a bomb was found in the toilets.

The EY231 flight was carrying 193 passengers and was en route from Abu Dhabi to Islamabad.

After landing in Karachi, the plane was taken to an isolation bay at the end of the runway. According to an Etihad spokesperson all passengers were disembarked “safely and without incident”.

“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," said Iain Burns.

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hombil 11 years ago

Some sick mind... Has to be someone from the passengers and hope he or she is caught and punished for this crime. Such people do not realize the inconvenience they cause to the passengers and the enormous cost to the airlines!