Bomb hoax forces Saudi Airlines to evacuate passengers in Madrid

Published on : Thursday, February 4, 2016

Saudi Arabian Airlines Passengers onboard a flight travelling to Riyadh from Madrid were evacuated Thursday after a bomb threaten attack was found on a note inside the plane which was later proved to be a hoax.


The Saudi Airlines flight had been due to take off mid-morning from Madrid but the captain instructed an evacuation after a note reading an “11:30 bomb” was discovered pinned to the interior. The plane was taken to an isolated part of the airport for a thoirough inspection.


The Saudi Airlines airline is the latest to be hit by fake threats as jitters over extremist attacks continue, particularly since a Russian passenger jet crashed in October over the Sinai peninsula, killing 224 people in what Moscow said was an act of terror.


“The information that we have from the Guardia Civil (police force) is that it was a false alert,” a spokeswoman for airport operator AENA, who refused to be named, told AFP.


Security forces and rescue services were quickly pressed into service when the note was discovered on board the SVA 226 flight that carried 97 passengers and 15 crew members.


After an inspection of the aircraft, the authorities eventually concluded there was no bomb on board.


Last month, an Indian passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in the country’s western city of Nagpur after a hoax bomb threat.


That same month, a Scandinavian Airlines plane carrying 72 people from London to Stockholm was diverted to Gothenburg and passengers evacuated, due to a hoax bomb threat. Saudi Arabian Airlines is just the latest to be hit by such a bomb hoax.


However, the airport continued to operate normally throughout.


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