No bomb found on British plane after Athens landing: police

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Police in Greece found no explosives on a British charter plane that made an emergency landing in Athens on Monday after receiving a bomb threat, officials said.

"The inspection is complete and the plane is expected to depart," the spokeswoman at Athens International Airport told AFP.

The Boeing 757-200 operated by Thomson Airways with 225 people on board had landed shortly before 3:00 pm (1200 GMT) with an escort of two Greek F-16 fighter jets and a Super Puma search-and-rescue helicopter.

The passengers disembarked and the police sweep took more than six hours.

"The luggage has been reloaded and re-embarkation is proceeding," a police spokesman said. "We estimate the plane will take off soon."

The charter plane was en route from Bristol to the popular Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, the airport spokeswoman said.

Thomson Airways said there were 217 passengers and eight crew on board.

© 2011 AFP

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