No explosive found in Turkish plane diverted to Canada

(From The Candian Press/Chronicle Herald)

A Turkish Airlines passenger jet that was diverted to Halifax late Saturday night because of a bomb scare has now left the airport.

The Turkish Airlines flight at Halifax Airport

The Turkish Airlines flight at Halifax Airport

RCMP were notified of the bomb threat at 11.50 pm, when Flight 2 from New York to Istanbul, Turkey, was diverted.

The flight landed at 12.53 am, and 256 passengers and crew safely left the plane, police said.

Officers and police dogs searched the aircraft and its luggage, and no explosive device was found by the time the search wrapped up at 4.25 am.

The police investigation is continuing, but the aircraft was cleared to continue on to Istanbul. The airport tweeted at about 6.40 am that the plane had left.

Last week, an Air France flight bound for Paris was diverted to Halifax and a second flight was diverted to Salt Lake City, Utah, due to “anonymous threats,” but nothing was found on either aircraft.



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