Turkish Airlines plane diverted to Canada after bomb threat
22 November 2015, 15:07
Ottawa - A Turkish Airlines plane en route from New York to
Istanbul was diverted to Canada on Sunday because of a bomb threat, police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the plane,
with 256 passengers and crew, landed safely at Halifax Stanfield International
"RCMP is looking to establish the origin of the threat
and identify the person or persons responsible," it said on Twitter.
Officials said they would provide no details on the bomb
"This will form part of the investigation," the
RCMP's Nova Scotia branch said.
Authorities received the bomb threat late on Saturday at
22:50 after the plane had departed New York's John F Kennedy International
The aircraft landed in Halifax shortly before 01:00.
The RCMP, in a series of statements on Twitter, said the
process of transferring passengers to the terminal was going
Police will be "searching the Turkish Airlines plane
using police dogs trained in explosives", it said.
"Luggage will also be searched by police dogs,"
the RCMP added.
The bomb threat comes with aviation officials on high alert
for possible acts of terror, following the Novembers 13 attacks in Paris that
left 130 people dead and hundreds injured.