Cairo, June 8: A passenger plane of EgyptAir MS955 today made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan after the airline officials received a bomb threat call claiming that a bomb was on board. Two Egyptian aviation officials also confirmed about the bomb threat. The officials of EgyptAir immediately contacted the aircraft and told it to land at the nearest airport, they said. Also Read - Delhi's IGI Airport's T2 Receive Hoax Bomb Call, Normal Operations Restored Now
Later the officials realised that it was a false bomb threat and that all 118 passengers and 17 crew on flight MS955 from Cairo to Beijing were safely evacuated from the aircraft and the plane was towed away at an isolated spot. However no explosives were found, they added. Also Read - Bomb Threat in Chandigarh's Elante Mall Turns Out to be Hoax
“The plane is starting to prepare its journey. It was a hoax, thank God,” the Associated Press news agency said in a report. The ground staff of EgyptAir received a number of bomb threats since flight MS804 crashed in the Mediterranean with 66 people on board. The crash is still investigated by the authorities. Also Read - SCO Summit: India Doesn't Endorse China's Flagship Belt And Road Initiative
The flight eventually touched down at Urgench, about 840km (600 miles) west of the Uzbek capital Tashkent, at about 23:30 local time (18:30 GMT) on Tuesday, three hours after it took off from Cairo.
The Islamic State and its allies has been waging a deadly uprising against Egyptian security forces and last October claimed the bombing of a Russian airliner flying home holidaymakers from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. There has been no comment so far from EgyptAir on Wednesday’s incident.
An Egyptian aviation source reportedly told Reuters that no explosives had been found by Uzbek security forces and that the plane was “preparing to resume its journey”.