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Plane forced to make emergency landing after passenger bomb threat

The Lot Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Bulgaria
The Lot Airlines plane made an emergency landing in Bulgaria

A plane carrying 161 passengers from Poland to Egypt was forced to make an emergency landing in eastern Bulgaria early this morning because of a bomb scare, airport officials said.

The aircraft had been en route from Warsaw to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada when one of the travellers, a man in his sixties, announced there were explosives on board.

“The plane made an emergency landing at Burgas airport at 5.45am after a passenger said there was a bomb onboard,” airport spokeswoman Kristina Neykova said.

All passengers and crew were evacuated, but no explosives have been found aboard, a spokeswoman for the Burgas airport told Reuters, adding that the airport remained closed.

A passenger who alerted crew about a possible bomb admitted on questioning to having consumed alcohol, a police spokeswoman said.

A spokesman for Polish national carrier LOT said the aircraft did not belong to the airline but was a charter, destined for the Egyptian city of Hurghada.