Plane diverted over security fear

A plane travelling between Egypt and the US made an emergency landing in Scotland yesterday after a suspicious note was found in a toilet. The aircraft was allowed to continue its journey this morning after police found no suspicious items on board.

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Plane diverted over security fears is back in the air

A plane which made an emergency landing in Scotland following security fears is back in the air, Police Scotland announced.

The aircraft was travelling between Egypt and the US when it was diverted yesterday after a seemingly threatening note was found in a toilet.

Following an "extensive search" of the plane by police officers overnight, the Egyptair flight was allowed to continue its journey this morning.

Passengers pictured leaving the Egyptair aircraft yesterday surrounded by police. Credit: Andrew Milligan /PA Wire

A spokesman said: "Officers from Police Scotland have carried out an extensive search of the aircraft resulting in no suspicious items being found.

"Passengers and crew are now aboard and the aircraft is continuing its flight to New York.

"Officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident".

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Passengers being patted down before leaving plane

The passengers of the Egyptair flight are now leaving the aircraft, passenger Carol Gable has told ITV News.

Each passenger is being patted down and questioned by two police officers before they are allowed to leave the plane.

Passengers leave the Egyptair aircraft flying from Cairo to New York after it was diverted to Prestwick Airport Credit: PA/Andrew Milligan Wire
Police surround the Egyptair aircraft Credit: PA/Andrew Milligan Wire

Note written on napkin in 'very sloppy handwriting'

A BBC producer who says she discovered a threatening note that led to an Egyptair flight being diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport gave this account of her experience:

I found a note by the sink saying 'I set this plane on fire' with the seat number 46 D written on it.

So I immediately went to the crew and told them about it.

It was on a hand napkin written in pencil and the pencil was actually still there so I told the crew to make sure to keep it so they can get any finger prints off of it. They locked the bathroom immediately so that no one could go into it.

It almost looked like a child's handwriting or someone who has very sloppy handwriting, but it was very alarming especially these days when everyone is so concerned about safety on flights. I said to one of the stewardesses 'I don't know if this is a prank', they said no, it can't be a prank.

– Nada Tafik, bbc producer

Police: Plane was diverted due to suspicious note

Police have confirmed that a plane was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport because a suspicious note was found on the plane. A spokeswoman said:

At around 1420 hours today an Egyptair aircraft flying from Cairo to New York was diverted to Prestwick Airport after a suspicious note was discovered on the aircraft.

There are no reports of anyone injured and police are currently making arrangements for the 326 passengers to disembark.

All passengers will then be interviewed by police.

– POLICE SCOTLAND STATEMENT

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Egyptair flight diverted to Prestwick airport in Scotland

An Egyptair flight from Cairo to New York has been diverted to Prestwick Airport in Glasgow where it landed safely at 2:25pm.

A spokesman for the airport could not give details on why the flight had been diverted, but advised that it was "business as usual" at the airport.

The Boeing 777 has been moved from the runway and police are in attendance, he added.

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