Sweden bomb threat: Passenger plane hit by midair panic – police surround jet at airport

Sweden bomb threat: Passenger plane hit by midair panic – police surround jet at airport

The jet, which took off from Arlanda this morning, was forced to return to the airport after a threat was phoned in at about 11.15am. The plane was en route to Nice, France, but returned to Arlanda after flying for only 30 minutes. Swedish television footage shows officers using a cherry-picker crane to look inside the plane. 

A police spokeswoman said that officers were at Arlanda as a result of a threat made against an airline. 

Terrified travellers told how police told them to switch off their phones and eventually instructed them to disembark the plane in groups of ten.

A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that an airline received a threat.

“There is a large police operation at the scene at Arland, where among other things we are being helped by regional police, border police, civil police, and other patrols.

“It’s an ongoing operation and we’re working to get more information.”

Daniel Lindblad, spokesman from the Maritime Administration, which deals with air and sea emergencies, told Swedish news agency TT: “There were 169 passengers on board. 

“We got the alarm from air traffic control in Malmö. They had contact with the plane around 10.30am. At that time the plane was in line with southern Swedish town]Växjö. Then they chose to go back to Arlanda.” 

Norwegian Air Shuttle said in a statement: “For safety reasons, the aircraft returned to Arlanda.

“We note that there is a great deal of demand with many questions from the media. This is now a police case, so further questions need to be addressed to them.

“Norway’s foremost priority is the safety of our passengers and employees.”

Published at Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:49:00 +0000

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