Friday 23 February 2018

Plane departing Dublin Airport forced to divert to military air base following 'security threat'

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An Etihad Airways flight that departed from Dublin has been diverted to a military air base in Dubai.

Flight EY042 board left from Dublin Airport at 8.30am on Friday morning bound for Abu Dhabi.

The passenger plane was forced to divert to Al Minhad Air Base after a "security threat onboard".

It is understood that there were a number of Irish people on board the flight.

"The crew completed all necessary inflight checks as per procedure, with no abnormalities found, then followed the authorities instructions to undergo further security checks at the Air Base," an Etihad Airways spokesperson told

It is understood that the passengers on board the flight "went through additional security screening which took several hours".

"Throughout this process, the guests were accommodated in the Air Base and were provided with refreshments. Guests then boarded police escorted buses to Abu Dhabi airport to be processed through the terminal," said the spokesperson.

The majority of disrupted passengers were re-booked on flights on Saturday morning - and were offered overnight accommodation in Abu Dhabi.

Etihad Airways officially moved to its new home in Terminal 1, Dublin Airport earlier this month.

The move to Terminal 1 comes ahead of the airline's recent announcement that it will fly double daily between Dublin and Abu Dhabi from April this year.

This increase in frequency means that Etihad Airways will have 28 flights weekly between the two cities.

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