Plane grounded at Madrid airport after bomb threat

4 February 2016 (Last Updated February 4th, 2016 18:30)

Passengers of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, which was bound for Riyadh from Spain's Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas International Airport, were safely evacuated following a bomb threat.

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Passengers of a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, which was bound for Riyadh from Spain's Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas International Airport, were safely evacuated following a bomb threat.

Following the threat, the Spanish airport was put on high alert.

The Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SVA 226 had 97 passengers on board.

According to AENA, the Spanish airport authority, the flight was scheduled to depart at 10:54 local time but was prevented from taking off due to the threat.

The alert was signalled after a note with 'bomb aboard' written on it was found by a crew member just minutes before the plane was to take off.

"The plane was isolated and passengers evacuated."

Following the threat, the plane was then taken to a secured area at the airport.

An AENA spokeswoman was quoted by Asia Times as saying: "Security forces and rescue services are mobilised. The plane was isolated and passengers evacuated."

Evacuated passengers were led to a private lounge where they were interviewed by investigators.

As reported by Mirror, the note was found in the little canteen area, which can only be accessed by the staff however still could be reached by passengers.

The threat was later found to be a hoax.


Image: A passenger jet has been grounded at the airport after receiving a bomb threat. Photo: courtesy of Diego Delso/Wikipedia.