Bomb scare grounds Moscow-Grozny flight: report

3rd October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian authorities grounded a flight from Moscow to Grozny, the capital of the volatile Caucasus region of Chechnya, after a bomb threat was made Sunday, but no device was found, reports said.

Moscow airport "received information that a bomb was on board a YAK-42 aircraft on the Moscow-Grozny route", police said according to the Interfax news agency.

"The information was received at 4:14 pm (1214 GMT) and at 5:46 pm the plane touched down in Volgograd," southwest Russia, it said.

All 73 passengers were evacuated but the authorities found nothing when they searched the aircraft, said a spokesman for the internal security service, FSB, cited by RIA Novosti agency.

The alert was raised after an anonymous caller phoned in to say there was a bomb on board.

Russia has in recent years been battling an increasingly deadly Islamist-fuelled insurgency in the North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia which has claimed scores of lives.

© 2010 AFP

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