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Passengers evacuated as police investigate suspicious item found on Ryanair plane

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Passengers evacuated as police investigate suspicious item found on Ryanair plane

Passengers were evacuated and all flights diverted as police investigated a suspicious item that was found on a Ryanair plane at Bristol Airport last night.

The airport has since reopened, but further delays are expected.

A statement from Bristol Airport said: "Police have been called after a suspicious item was found during a routine aircraft inspection following the arrival at Bristol Airport of Ryanair flight FR8297 from Alicante at 23:43 on Saturday 22 August."

The airport later said: "The terminal building has now reopened and passengers are advised to check in as normal. 

"However, some delays to flights may be expected throughout the morning. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to passengers."

Joe Mallett was on a flight from Marrakech to Bristol, but his flight was diverted to Cardiff.

"We starting circling at Bristol and then the pilot came through on the intercom and said there had been a bomb threat in Bristol," he told Sky News.

"We've been moved to Cardiff now... it's a lot of hassle really. We've been here now for two hours. We're only now being put into taxis back to Bristol."

In a statement. Ryanair said: 'This flight from Alicante to Bristol, on 22 August, landed normally at Bristol Airport. During a routine inspection, a written hoax bomb threat was discovered on the aircraft. Police carried out a security search and cleared the aircraft to return to service at 08.55 the following morning.