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Turkish Airlines plane makes Sudan emergency landing after bomb scare

Turkish Airlines Flight 606 with 107 passengers was bound to Cairo from Nairobi when it made an emergency landing in Khartoum on Thursday. Above, Turkish Airlines aircraft parked at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. (Reuters)
KHARTOUM: A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 107 passengers from Nairobi to Cairo made an emergency landing in Khartoum on Thursday after a passenger reported a bomb threat, a Sudanese aviation official said.
“Turkish Airlines flight 606 made an emergency landing after a passenger on board said he received an email saying there was a bomb on board,” civil aviation authority spokesman Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim said.
“All 107 passengers have been safely evacuated.”
He said that when the plane was in Sudanese airspace, the pilot informed Khartoum airport that he needed to make an emergency landing. The plane landed at about 7:30am.
“The plane is now in an isolated area of the airport. Security officials searched the plane and passengers’ luggage but didn’t find anything suspicious,” Abdelrahim said.
Another source said on condition of anonymity that the passenger who reported the email was a Briton.
“The British passenger received the email and he informed the crew. He is now under investigation,” the source said.

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