Monday 24 October 2016

'Terror' scare on Dublin flight amid claim passenger 'armed with knives'

Published 08/02/2016 | 11:30

Aer Lingus Regional
Aer Lingus Regional

GARDAI surrounded a plane on the runway at Dublin Airport over the weekend after a note was passed to the crew claiming passengers were armed with knives.

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The incident happened on Saturday evening, and resulted in a man being taken off the plane by armed gardai.

Scottish passenger Peter Munro said on Twitter: "So a Garda SWAT team just pulled a guy off our Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Edinburgh.

"He was sat right behind me. Fun times."

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said: "We can confirm there was a security incident at Dublin airport, on board Aer Lingus Regional flight EI258, operated by Stobart Air, en route from Dublin to Edinburgh.

"The matter is being handled by Dublin Airport Police and An Garda Siochana. We have no further comment to make."

It is understood that the man passed a note to a member of the crew on the plane, and that crew member subsequently contacted the gardai.

A garda spokesman said: "A male passenger aged in his 20s was removed from theplane by Gardai and detained under the Mental Health Act, he has since been admitted to hospital.

"The flight proceeded to on its planned journey a short time later. There was no one injured during the incident."

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