US-bound Egyptian plane diverted after threat

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Associated Press

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 7:04 PM

LONDON (AP) — British officials say a plane en route from Cairo to New York was diverted by fighter jets to an airport in Scotland after a passenger discovered a letter threatening the aircraft.

No arrests have been made and authorities are trying to ascertain who wrote the note which forced EgyptAir Flight 985 to make an emergency landing at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport.

The jet, carrying around 300 passengers to JFK Airport, was met by a heavy police presence and stayed on the tarmac for several hours before passengers were able to disembark, at which point officers searched the plane.

The BBC says one of its producers discovered the note in a lavatory. Written in pencil on a napkin were the words "I'll set this plane on fire" and what appeared to be a seat number. The producer says after discovering the note by the sink, she alerted cabin crew who then locked the toilet.

Police are trying to determine where the note came from, who put it on the plane and under what circumstances.

Arrangements for onward travel will be made once all passengers have been interviewed.

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