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Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Morocco after bomb threat

Flight TK15 had departed from Istanbul and was headed for Sao Paulo with around 250 passengers on board

Turkish Airlines flight diverts to Morocco after bomb threat
Turkish Airlines. (Getty Images)

A Turkish
Airlines flight heading for Brazil was forced by a bomb threat to land in
Morocco for more than three hours on Monday, but was cleared to fly on after no
explosives were found.

Flight TK15 had
departed from Istanbul bound for Sao Paulo when a note with the word
"bomb" was found in a lavatory, a spokeswoman said. It was the
airline's second such scare in two days.

The Boeing 777,
with 256 passengers on board, declared an emergency and diverted to Casablanca,
landing at around 1230 GMT. No explosives were found and the aircraft was
cleared to resume its flight.

The flight took
off from Casablanca airport for its initial destination at 1600 GMT.

On Sunday, a
Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul bound for Tokyo turned back shortly after
take-off when a note reading "C4 Cargo" was found on the lavatory
door, Turkish media said. C-4 is a variety of plastic explosive. No explosives
were found on the aircraft.

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