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Flight From Amsterdam to Aruba Diverted After Threats

Unread post by bimjim » Sat Jan 16, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/14/world ... lands.html

Flight From Amsterdam to Aruba Diverted After Threats
Published: January 13, 2010

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) — An ArkeFly flight carrying 235 people from Amsterdam to Aruba in the Caribbean was diverted to Ireland on Wednesday after an unruly Dutch passenger made bomb threats during the flight. The threats turned out to be false.

ArkeFly said the plane, Flight 361, landed at Shannon Airport, where the passenger was handed over to authorities. There were 224 passengers and 11 crew members aboard the Boeing 767.

The Irish police searched the plane, but found no bomb. The passenger, identified as a 44-year-old man, was in custody.

A spokeswoman for Shannon Airport said the airliner was towed to a remote location for the police search. The plane was held in a secure area until after its scheduled landing time as a precaution in case there were any devices on board, ArkeFly said.

Early reports of the threat raised fears of another attempted plane bombing out of Amsterdam. A 23-year-old Nigerian man who flew out of Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Dec. 25 has been charged in the United States with trying to blow up that flight as it neared Detroit. Schiphol has since tightened security.

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