Greek fighter jets escort Ryanair flight after bomb threat

Greek fighter jets escort Ryanair flight after bomb threat
Credit: Ryanair

Greek fighter jets escorted a Ryanair plane on route from Poland to Athens as a precaution after a bomb threat was reported on the flight, the Greek Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

Two Greek F-16 fighter jets escorted the Ryanair plane, which took off from Katowice on Sunday, as it flew over Greek airspace. The flight was previously tailed by Hungarian Air Force jets.

The aircraft (Ryanair flight FR6385), with more than 190 people on board, landed safely at Athens International Airport at 17:40. Firefighters and police surrounded the aircraft, which taxied to a remote part of the airport. The plane was then inspected by a bomb squad.

Passengers were taken off the plane and their belongings were searched. Luggage in the hold of the aircraft was also removed and searched.

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The origin of the bomb threat is still unknown. The warning was apparently issued shortly after the plane departed from Poland.

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