Aegean Airlines Flight Makes Emergency Landing after ‘Terrorist Bomb Scare’
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An Aegean Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing on the Spanish island of Majorca Sunday due to what's being called a “terrorist bomb scare.”
According to Rita Sobot of Mirror Online, the Aegean Airlines plane was en route from Athens, Greece, to Madrid, Spain when the pilot was alerted to an incident regarding one of the passengers onboard the flight.
The exact reason behind the emergency landing was not revealed, but the pilot made the decision while the plane was over the Mediterranean Sea to call for an anti-terrorist protocol. The flight landed safely at Palma de Mallorca Airport Sunday morning.
When the plane landed in Majorca, it was met by emergency crews and officers from the bomb squad. After a thorough search of the passengers and the aircraft by officials, there was no evidence of any kind of terrorist activity.
After several hours at the Palma de Mallorca Airport, the flight was eventually permitted to continue to its final destination of Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport in Madrid.
Aegean Airlines released an official statement on the incident:
“Aegean was notified by the Athens International Airport, today, Sunday 10th January, for additional security check to a passenger on the scheduled Aegean flight A3 688 from Athens to Madrid. Considering this information, Aegean has instructed the commander of the flight to land on the nearest airport.”
“The aircraft has landed on the Palma de Mallorca Airport, where all the additional security checks were conducted for the aircraft and the passengers, as provided by regulations. The security checks revealed no issues and the aircraft departed from Mallorca to its final destination Madrid.”
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