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Two men held after flight from Krakow to Dublin diverted due to bomb scare

Essex Police found nothing suspicious on board following “reports of a security alert”.

LAST UPDATE | Jul 14th 2020, 8:03 AM

TWO MEN HAVE been arrested on suspicion of making threats to endanger an aircraft after a Ryanair flight from Krakow to Dublin was forced to divert to Stansted Airport.

The flight made an emergency landing after a note was discovered in one of the plane’s toilets claiming there were explosives on board. 

In a statement, Ryanair said: “The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted) where the plane landed normally, but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely.”

Essex Police earlier said the Ryanair flight had been diverted due to “reports of a security alert”, but confirmed that nothing suspicious was found on board after investigations.

Two men, aged 47 and 26, are in custody. Both of them had been on the flight, police said.

A force spokesman said: “A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6.40pm on Monday July 13 due to reports of a security alert.

“Following investigations on the plane, we have been able to establish there is nothing suspicious on board.

“The aircraft has been handed back to Stansted Airport and the operator.”

The plane was escorted to Stansted Airport by RAF Typhoon jets which were scrambled from Coningsby in Lincolnshire.

- With reporting by Press Association

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