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Bomb threat diverts Moscow-bound Aeroflot flight

A Russian Aeroflot flight from New York to Moscow has made an emergency landing in Iceland’s Keflavik airport after a bomb threat was received.

Officials said an anonymous call had been made to US law enforcement agencies warning a bomb was inside luggage on board the plane.

Aeroflot spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg said the pilot took the decision to land the plane and it landed safely.

The plane, luggage and passengers are now being investigated, said officials.

At least 200 passengers were on board the flight from John F Kennedy airport in New York to Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

A duty officer at Sheremetyevo said it was Aeroflot Flight 103.

Second search

The anonymous caller warned that there were five suitcases on the plane containing explosives, which would detonate once it reached Moscow.

“The bomb threat was made sometime earlier in the morning and at 05:30 GMT the plane decided to head for Keflavik,” said Fridthor Eydal, a spokesman for the airport.

“The aeroplane landed safely at 06:27,” he said.

Mr Eydal told the BBC that passengers were still being taken off the plane.

The passengers are being checked as part of the security investigation, he said, and it was too early to confirm how and when they would complete their journey.

Another plane in Russia’s city of Voronezh, 500 km (300 miles) south of Moscow, was also searched after an anonymous threat, but no explosives were found.

Source: BBC News

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