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Ryanair flight evacuated over 'bomb' scare

A Ryanair flight from Oslo to Manchester was evacuated Credit: PA

A Ryanair flight from Oslo to Manchester has been evacuated after two passengers were thought to have used the word "bomb" during an argument in an airport toilet.

The pair were taken for questioning by police at Norway's Rygge airport on Sunday evening and a bomb squad searched the aircraft but found nothing suspicious.

Police spokesman Anders Stroemsaether told a Norwegian public broadcaster that the incident began before boarding when two foreign passengers were overheard arguing and other passengers thought they heard the word "bomb" being used.

"After questioning of witnesses and those brought in, the police have concluded that the situation is a result of a misunderstanding," police said.

A Ryanair spokesman told the BBC the evacuation in Oslo was due to a "hoax security alert".

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Authorities begin investigation into Norway crash

The aviation industry responded quickly to Norway's helicopter crash, which left all 13 passengers on board presumed dead.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority said all UK commercial passenger flights using the Airbus EC225LP helicopter have been grounded.

Meanwhile, the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has said it has recovered the crashed helicopter's flight recorders.

Work has already begun on removing the wreckage, as Norwegian authorities begin their investigation to uncover the causes of the accident.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

Norway crash: Authorities recover black boxes

A rescue vessel lifts up parts of the helicopter that crashed off Norway's coast. Credit: Reuters

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has said it has recovered the crashed helicopter's flight recorders.

Spokeswoman Hege Aalstad confirmed the black boxes had been found but did not give any further details.

The flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder could help explain the causes of the crash.

The statement comes after the UK Civil Aviation Authority announced that all UK commercial passenger flights using the Airbus EC225LP helicopter are grounded as of 9pm on Friday.

BALPA: Our thoughts are with Norway crash victims

BALPA General Secretary Jim McAuslan. Credit: PA

The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) has said the thoughts and prayers of all British pilots are with those affected by the helicopter crash in Norway.

The ripples of this accident will spread way beyond Norway; a country with a good safety record.

The worldwide helicopter pilot community is united in demanding that we get to the bottom of what caused this latest accident in the North Sea and what can be learned from it.

There are global standards on the undertaking of accident investigations. They have proved the bedrock of how we learn from each tragic event and aim to make flying even more safe. BALPA subscribes to those standards and will do all that is needed to help in this most recent incident.

– Jim McAuslan, BALPA General Secretary
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