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Offline Johnnie F.

Sorry, couldn't find any article in English so far. German newspapers Der Spiegel etc. and Cologne airport report, that last night an Easyjet from Ljubljana/Slovenia to London landet in Cologne/Germany, because its staff had overheard a suspicious conversation with the word "bomb", which made the pilot decide to land. The 151 passengers had to leave the plane over a slide and underwent an intensive control and questioning by police. And there was a controlled detonation of a backpack, whose owner could not be made out. No info yet, whether it contained a bomb or just dirty clothes. Cologne airport was closed from 19 - 22 o'clock CET. 10 flights had been redirected and 20 delayed.
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2017, 11:15:32 AM »
The Guardian's got a story on it now:


easyJet

Three men detained after London-bound flight diverts to Germany

Pilot on flight from Ljubljana made unscheduled stop after learning of men ‘talking about terrorist matters’ – and baggage was later destroyed

Three male passengers have been detained in Cologne after their easyJet flight bound from Ljubljana in Slovenia to London made a diverted landing, German police have said.

The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported that the men were talking about “terrorist matters”, according to the statement. The men were not identified.

Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and questioned passengers after all 151 on board were evacuated safely from the Airbus 319 aircraft using emergency slides, the airport said in a statement on its website.

Six aircraft were diverted to other airports as a result of the police investigation, the airport said. It said air traffic was affected for several hours as a result of the incident.

Federal police seized a backpack that belonged to one of the men and exploded it outside of the aircraft, police said. They gave no information on its contents and said officials continued to investigate.

The men continued to be questioned late on Saturday evening. Other passengers were also being questioned, police said.

A police statement said the three men were being interrogated “on the suspicion of the preparation of a serious state-threatening violence”.

Bild newspaper quoted a spokesman for the German federal police as saying the pilot decided to land the aircraft in Cologne after passengers told airline personnel they had heard the men using words including “bomb” and “explosive”.

An easyJet spokeswoman said: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY3246 from Ljubljana to London Stansted diverted to Cologne on Saturday.

“The captain took the decision as a precaution to enable the aircraft to go through additional security checks in Cologne where the aircraft was met by the police.

“In compliance with the local authorities’ guidance, passengers disembarked to allow additional security checks to be performed.”

She added the passengers had been given a hotel stay for the night and would fly back on Sunday morning.

the Guardian
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Easyjet bound for London lands in Cololgne, gets evacuated...
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2017, 05:51:49 PM »
Those three Brits, 31, 38 and 48 years old, who discussed about terrorism on that plane are still in custody, getting questioned. But in the blown up backpack were no explosives, neither anywhere else on the plane.
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