Air France bomb scare forces emergency landing

Passenger finds suspicious device in lavatory during flight
A mysterious package thought to be a bomb was found in the toilet of an Air France plane flying from Mauritius to Paris, forcing it to make an emergency landing in Mombasa at the weekend. But it was a false alarm, the airline’s chief executive said.
Flight AF463 had 459 passengers and 14 crew on board. It departed Mauritius at 21:00 local time on Saturday, scheduled to arrive in Paris at 05:50. After a passenger found the object and alerted crew, the plane landed in Kenya before 01:00.
“All the information available to us at the moment indicates that the object was not capable of creating an explosion or damaging a plane, but was rather a mixture of cardboard, sheets of paper and a timer,” Air France CEO Frédéric Gagey said at a press conference. “It was a false alarm.”
Passengers who left the plane as well as Gagey himself congratulated the crew for their professionalism and cool-headedness. The pilot had announced there was a technical fault as he began the descent.
A Kenyan police official said the device appeared to be a cardboard box with a digital clock taped to it. Six passengers are being questioned, including the man who found it.
This is the third Air France plane to be diverted in recent weeks due to bomb threats, but no bombs have been found.
The Guardian


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