'Suspicious' mobile phone forces plane into emergency landing
A MOBILE phone discovered in the toilet of a Delta Airlines flight bound for New York sparked an emergency landing in Ireland last night.
The pilot of the aircraft, which originated in Istanbul, requested a diversion to Dublin amid concerns about the suspicious item.
It is understood the phone was discovered plugged into a shaving socket in the aircraft's toilet and wrapped in its own cable.
The Boeing 767 aircraft's 206 passengers endured a nerve-racking emergency landing when the pilot radioed Dublin Airport air traffic control requesting for permission to land. Passengers were first told the plane was diverted due to a medical emergency. But they later learned the emergency landing was as a result of the mobile phone discovery.
The plane landed at Dublin Airport about 3.45pm yesterday and was met by emergency services and the gardai.
It was taken to a remote location with the passengers still on board.
The operation was stood down when a passenger claimed ownership of the mobile phone, which had been plugged in to charge it.
No arrests were made and the aircraft resumed its flight to New York.