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MidEast plane in diversion over suspicious luggage

Two Italian fighter jets escorted the aircraft as it landed in Rome airport

MidEast plane in diversion over suspicious luggage
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A Middle East Airlines aircraft was forced to make a diversion to Rome and was escorted by two fighter jets as it landed in Italy after a suspicious piece of luggage was reported on the aircraft, it was reported.

The Airbus A320-200 was travelling from Geneva to Beirut on Sunday, September 14 with 118 passengers and crew on board when Swiss Airport Authorities reported “a mismatch” in the luggage had been detected and a suitcase was travelling on the plane without its owner, the Aviation Herald reported.

Two Italian Air Force Typhoon fighter jets were sent to accompany the aircraft as it made a diversion to Rome Fiumicino Airport, the report added.

On arrival, the aircraft, passengers and luggage were searched but no trace of explosives was found.

The MEA aircraft left Rome after about 3.5 hours on the ground and reached Beirut with a delay of 4:40 hours.

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