Mid-flight bomb scare forces emergency landing

A Swiss International Air Lines plane was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday after a bomb threat was made against the flight.

This content was published on August 23, 2008 - 18:41

The Zurich to Malaga flight was overflying France when the pilot was informed a threat had been made via the Swiss offices.

The Airbus A321 turned around and landed safely at Geneva airport.

A spokesman for the airport said no one was injured during the landing.

The 142 passengers and six crew left the airplane on slides and were taken to a waiting room. The airplane was then moved from the runway for checks by bomb disposal experts but no explosive devices were found.

A replacement flight was scheduled for later in the evening.

The airport runway had to be closed for an hour and a half, with eight flights cancelled or rerouted to Lyon.

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