Plane lands in Iceland after bomb threat
16 August 2012, 12:40
Moscow - A passenger jet flying from New York to
Moscow made an emergency landing in Iceland on Thursday after a caller
claimed there was a bomb on board, a spokesperson for Russian airline
"There was an anonymous call saying that there was
an explosive device on the plane, which was already in the air,"
spokesperson Irina Dannenberg said. "The pilot took the decision to land
the plane and it landed safely. A search is being conducted."
spokesperson for Iceland's Keflavik airport said 253 people were on
board the flight from New York's John F Kennedy International Airport. A
duty officer at Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, the aircraft's
destination, identified it as Aeroflot Flight 103.
threat was made sometime earlier in the morning and at [05:30] the plane
decided to head for Keflavik ... The aeroplane landed safely at
[06:27]," said Keflavik spokesperson Fridthor Eydal, adding passengers
may still be in the process of being taken off the aircraft.
news agency Interfax, citing an unnamed source, said an anonymous phone
call had been made to US law enforcement agencies claiming that five
suitcases were filled with explosive materials and that they would
detonate upon arrival in Moscow.
Emergency teams also searched an
aeroplane in the city of Voronezh, 500km south of Moscow, for
explosives on Thursday after an anonymous phone call was made to the
city's airport, but no bomb was found, state-run RIA reported.
suicide bomb blast in the international arrivals area at Moscow's
Domodedovo airport in January 2011 killed 37 people. Islamist insurgents
in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility.
bombers identified as women from the North Caucasus blew up two aircraft
on domestic Russian flights nearly simultaneously in August 2004,
killing all 90 people aboard.