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False bomb alert forces EgyptAir into emergency landing

False bomb alert forces EgyptAir into emergency landing

Egypt

An EgypAir flight MS955 to China was forced to make an emergency landing in Uzbekistan on Wednesday after the airline received a call claiming that there was a bomb on board, two Egyptian aviation officials announced.

They said the plane, which was carrying 118 passengers had been evacuated and searched.

According to officials, it was a false bomb alert and all the 118 passengers and 17 crew members are safe.

The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank God.

“The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank God,” the Associated Press news agency said quoting one of the officials.

Uzbekistan Airways in a statement posted on its website said the “plane successfully landed” in the western city of Urgench.

EgyptAir has received a number of bomb threats since one of its aircrafts MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19 with 66 people on board.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

Reuters