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Published on : Monday, December 21, 2015
A fake bomb alert on an Air France flight caused yet another emergency landing. The Air France passenger jet had to make an unscheduled landing in Kenya after a suspicious box was detected in the toilet.
According to the airline statements, the Boeing 777 was on its way to Paris from Mauritius and there were 459 passengers along with 14 crew members on board. The plane was evacuated at Mombasa airport and when the suspected device was examined, it turned out to be a box made of cardboard box, paper and a timer.
Air France Chief Frederic Gagey described the incident as an “extremely aggressive act”. The plane left Mauritius at 01:00 GMT and had been due to fly directly to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.
Several passengers from the flight have been questioned by Kenyan police. Mr Gagey told a news conference that the airline would press charges against those responsible and an inquiry would be held.
But he denied there had been any problem with security checks in Mauritius, saying the device contained no explosives, so would not have been detected.
France, which is still on high alert following the bomb attacks and shootings in Paris. During the emergency landing, the crew did a fantastic job and kept all the passengers calm. The passengers were initially informed that there was a technical snag with the aircraft.