Bomb scare forces Icelandic landing in France

23rd August 2004, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, Aug 22 (AFP) - An Icelandic airliner flying from Spain to Ireland was forced to land in southern France Sunday because of a bomb scare, police and airport officials said.

LYON, France, Aug 22 (AFP) - An Icelandic airliner flying from Spain to Ireland was forced to land in southern France Sunday because of a bomb scare, police and airport officials said.

The Islandsflug Boeing 737-400 jet with 146 passengers on board was evacuated after landing at Lyon's Saint-Exupery airport while all the baggage was searched and passengers questioned. Nothing suspicious was found.

Police said a crew member found a paper bearing the message "bomb September 11" in one of the aircraft toilets and alerted the pilot.

The aircraft finally took off en route to its intended destination of Dublin at around midnight Sunday, nine hours after it landed in Lyon.

The airliner had left from the Spanish Mediterranean island of Minorca, police said. Airport officials had earlier said it took off from Naples, Italy.

© AFP

Subject: French news

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