JFK-bound plane makes emergency landing in Scotland after fire threat

JFK-bound plane makes emergency landing in Scotland  after fire threat

An Egyptair plane flying from Cairo to New York's JFK had to make an emergency landing in Scotland on Saturday after a seemingly threatening note was found in the bathroom.

The aircraft was diverted to Glasgow Prestwick Airport in Ayshire, escorted by Typhoons from RAF Leuchers, and landed at around 2pm.

It took around six hours for all 326 people on board to be removed from the plane and interviewed by police.

But, after carrying out a search of the plane overnight, it has been allowed to continue on its journey to JFK.

A police spokesman told the BBC: "Officers from Police Scotland have carried out an extensive search of the aircraft resulting in no suspicious items being found.

"Passengers and crew are now aboard and the aircraft is continuing its flight to New York."

The spokesman added that officers are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the incident.

It was a BBC producer onboard the flight who found a note threatening to start a fire in the toilet.

Nada Tawfik told the Independent: "When I went in to change my daughter about three hours into the flight, I found a note by the sink saying 'I set this plane on fire' with the seat number 46D written on it. So I immediately went to the crew and told them about it."

Glasgow Prestwick chief executive, Iain Cochrane, told the Guardian: "We carefully plan and train for this kind of eventuality and I am relieved it ended safely and without incident.

"It was a complex and constantly evolving matter and I want to thank my staff for their unswerving professionalism and commitment during the 13 hours the aircraft was here, and praise the excellent manner in which all agencies involved worked together to resolve the matter."

According to reports, police have confirmed that five passengers from the plane are now claiming asylum in the UK. They are now being dealt with by the UK Border Agency, while the rest of the passengers continued their journey.

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