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Turkish Airlines Bomb Scare Turns Out to Be a Hoax

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 24, 2016

Turkish Airlines Bomb Scare Turns Out to Be a Hoax

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On Monday, a Turkish Airlines plane was evacuated in Istanbul after a note was discovered that claimed that a bomb was placed on the aircraft, but a search revealed the threat was just a hoax.

According to, a Turkish Airlines spokesman said that 134 passengers and crew members boarded a flight at Ataturk Airport with the intent of flying to Kayseri when the note was discovered.

In a report from, the plane was ready to take off when the bomb threat was found, and the flight crew immediately diverted the plane to a parking area at the airport. The passengers and crew were evacuated and the airline scheduled another airplane to take the passengers to their destination.

Police officers, emergency personnel and bomb experts were called to the scene, but no sign of explosives were discovered during the thorough search of the plane.

The incident is terrifying for a country that has already faced several attacks from terrorists this year, including two attacks in Istanbul from ISIS and two bombings in Ankara by a Kurdish militant group.

Turkey is part of the United States-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, while also battling militants in the southeast region of the country.


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