Turkish Airlines Flight Diverted Due to Bomb Scare
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Just weeks after a terrorist attack in Istanbul killed 10 German tourists, a bomb scare on a Turkish Airlines flight prompted authorities to divert the plane, CNN reported.
The flight from Houston to Istanbul was redirected to Shannon Airport in Ireland, the airline told CNN on Sunday.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 209 passengers and landed safely at the airport that sits about 15 miles from the city of Limerick, CNN said.
NBC News reported that a napkin with the word “bomb” written on it was found in the plane’s toilet.
Erez Lieberman Aiden of the U.S. was on the flight and told NBC News that passengers sat on the plane for an hour after it landed in Ireland.
Aiden told NBC News that about halfway through the flight, flight attendants were checking luggage for suspicious objects and ripping the covers off the seats "as if they were looking for something."
A Turkish Airlines spokesman told the BBC that no explosives have been found and the plane will depart for Istanbul.
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