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Bomb Threat Diverts Egypt-Bound Flight

August 19, 2006|From Times Wire Services

ROME — A passenger plane bound for Egypt from Britain landed Friday at a southern Italian airport after a handwritten bomb threat was found on an airsickness bag, officials said.

Police said it appeared to be a false alarm.

All 280 passengers were safe and had exited the plane, state police at the airport said.

The Excel Airways Boeing 767 requested an emergency landing in Brindisi, the Italian air traffic agency ENAV said.

Italy's air force said it had sent an F-16 to intercept the plane before it landed.

Excel Airways, which is owned by the Icelandic investment firm Avion, said the captain felt it best to have the plane searched "so that everybody would feel comfortable about carrying on."

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