Another EgyptAir Flight Receives Bomb Threat
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On Wednesday, an EgyptAir flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Uzbekistan after the airline received a bomb threat. No explosives were discovered following an investigation, and the flight continued to its destination in China.
According to The Associated Press, EgyptAir Flight 955 was en route from Cairo International Airport in Egypt to Beijing, China, when an anonymous caller telephoned security agents at the Egyptian airport and informed them that there was a bomb on the plane.
Officials in Cairo contacted the aircraft and ordered an emergency landing at the closest airport. The Airbus A330-220 carrying 135 passengers and crew members was diverted to Urgench International Airport in Uzbekistan.
The airport in Urgench was closed due to the emergency landing by the EgyptAir plane, and the aircraft was searched by explosives experts before being cleared of any kind of explosives. Four hours later, the flight was cleared and it took off again for its destination in China.
The bomb scare Wednesday comes less than a month after EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people onboard. In addition, the airline also dealt with another bomb threat last week which forced the cancellation of a flight.
The continued threat of terrorism continues to devastate Egypt's tourism industry.
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