Bomb threat forces two planes to land at Brussels Airport

Published on : Thursday, August 11, 2016

Brussels airportAfter receiving bomb threats, two planes had to land at Brussels’ Zaventem Airport on Wednesday evening.

 

Bomb alerts were reported on the two flights operated by the Scandinavian airline SAS.

 

State prosecutor Eric Van Der Sypt said his office had received information about possible bomb alerts and had opened an investigation, but declined to provide details. He said the bomb squad had not been called to the airport.

 

While most news media reports suggested that the flights suspected of having bombs on them were operated by Scandinavian Airlines and originated in Oslo and Stockholm, the vice president for communications for Scandinavian Airlines, Karin Nyman, denied that was the case. He said that, according to the airport authorities, the threat was directed towards all the incoming flights to Zaventem.

 

An airport police spokeswoman said no bomb alerts were in place and that there was no problem at the airport.

 

The planes were travelling from Oslo and Arlanda, Sweden.

 

A reporter with the Belgian media tweeted that, the pilot had received the bomb threat 20 minutes before the plane was due to land.

 

He said that the passengers were informed of the threat and had to wait 10 minutes before being allowed to leave the plane after it landed.

 

Belgian media said some other planes had been diverted to other airports.

 

An airport police spokeswoman said no bomb alerts were in place and that there was no problem at the airport.

 

The bomb alerts come at a time of raised tensions in Belgium, which has been the victim of a series of terrorist attacks.

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