Wednesday 23 August 2017

Ryanair flight searched for 'explosive device' after hoax bomb call

Ryanair plane taxiing. File photo: Deposit
Ryanair plane taxiing. File photo: Deposit

Polish police acting on a tip-off from a hoax caller searched a Ryanair jet for an explosive device on Thursday but found nothing, police and the airline said.

A spokesman for Warsaw police said a 48-year-old man had been detained after the hoax call was traced to his home. "This was an irresponsible prank," the spokesman, Mariusz Mrozek, told Polish broadcaster TVN24.

Ryanair said the jet was on the tarmac at Warsaw's Modlin airport, waiting to board for a flight to Oslo, when the call came in. The airport was temporarily closed to incoming and outbound flights as a precaution.

Police bomb disposal officers were called in to conduct checks on the aircraft, and found no explosives on board, said Edyta Adamus, a spokeswoman for Warsaw police.

"Ryanair sincerely apologises to the customers of the outbound Oslo flight for any inconvenience caused by this hoax call," the airline said in a statement.

Earlier, an airport spokeswoman said that a Ryanair flight from Oslo to Modlin had to make an emergency landing because of suspicions of explosives on board

But a Ryanair spokesman said this was not the case and that the plane was on the ground preparing to fly to Oslo when the hoax call came in. "There was no emergency landing," said the spokesman.

Full statement below:

“Warsaw Modlin Airport received an anonymous hoax call this morning (25 June) that there was an explosive device on a Ryanair aircraft due to take off from Warsaw Modlin to Oslo at 08.40hrs local.

"The airport security authorities ordered an immediate inspection of the aircraft (which hadn’t yet boarded) and closed the airport to inbound arrivals as a security precaution. The security sweep confirmed this was a hoax and the aircraft has returned to service, while the airport has since reopened.

"Ryanair sincerely apologises to the customers of the outbound Oslo flight for any inconvenience caused by this hoax call.”

Reuters

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