Paris-Algiers flight bomb scare landing

14th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, Nov 13 (AFP) - A French jet en route from Paris to Algiers was forced to make an emergency stop in central France Thursday after a passenger warned there could be suspicious baggage on board, officials said. One of the 33 passengers aboard the Aigle Azur plane told the captain after take-off from Orly airport south of Paris that he had agreed to take five bags from another traveller, but that the man in question never boarded the flight.

CLERMONT-FERRAND, France, Nov 13 (AFP) - A French jet en route from Paris to Algiers was forced to make an emergency stop in central France Thursday after a passenger warned there could be suspicious baggage on board, officials said.
 
One of the 33 passengers aboard the Aigle Azur plane told the captain after take-off from Orly airport south of Paris that he had agreed to take five bags from another traveller, but that the man in question never boarded the flight.

The captain decided to touch down in the central French city of Clermont-Ferrand so that security personnel could conduct a thorough search of the aircraft.

Five suitcases were left behind after passengers failed to identify them, and the plane took off a few hours later for the Algerian capital, airline staff said.

The suitcases apparently contained designer clothes, and prosecutors were alerted to the possibility of illicit trafficking in name-brand goods between France and Algeria.

Regional officials said the passenger had agreed to transport the five bags after the stranger explained that he could not afford to pay excess baggage costs.

The incident raised questions about both the passenger's carelessness and the lack of airport security checks, the officials added.

© AFP


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