Bomb hoax over EgyptAir flight

An EgyptAir flight from Abu Dhabi to Cairo was forced to land in Kuwait yesterday after a bomb threat was received.

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By  Neil Denslow Published  February 24, 2004

An EgyptAir flight from Abu Dhabi to Cairo was forced to land in Kuwait yesterday after a bomb threat was received. The 106 passengers onboard the aircraft and their bags were searched but no device was found. After spending five hours on the ground, the plane resumed its journey. The incident was sparked after an anonymous phone call was made to Abu Dhabi International Airport minutes after EgyptAir flight 915 took off. The caller said that explosives were onboard the plane, and the pilot was subsequently instructed to land at the nearest airport. When the plane reached Cairo this morning, security staff briefly detained an Egyptian passenger who had argued with an EgyptAir employee in Abu Dhabi over excess baggage. The passenger was subsequently released after giving information to the Egyptian police about his friends and relatives in Abu Dhabi, so that UAE authorities could investigate whether they were behind the hoax, security sources told Reuters.

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