Turkish Airlines flight diverted to Ireland after handwritten bomb threat

24 January 2016 (Last Updated January 24th, 2016 18:30)

A Turkish airline made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland after its passengers found a handwritten bomb threat.

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A Turkish airline made an emergency landing at Shannon Airport in Ireland after its passengers found a handwritten bomb threat.

The Turkish Airlines flight, TK-34, on board with 207 passengers and two infants was bound for Istanbul in Turkey from Houston, Texas in the US.

The Boeing 777 departed from the airport at Houston a little after 9pm local time on Saturday and was scheduled to land in Istanbul at around 3.45pm Irish time on Sunday.

One of the passengers found the handwritten note at a washroom and alerted the crew. The aircraft, which was then flying over the Atlantic, had to be diverted to Shannon Airport at around 11.20pm, reported The Telegraph.

Turkish Airlines spokesman Yahya Ustun was quoted by EveningStandard as saying: "Turkish Airlines Houston-Istanbul flight (TK34, B777 Aircraft, carrying 207 passenger and two infants) today has diverted to Shannon Airport (SNN), Ireland, following a bomb alert."

"Turkish Airlines Houston-Istanbul flight today has diverted to Shannon Airport (SNN), Ireland, following a bomb alert."

On landing, the plane was taken to a remote taxiway while the passengers were escorted to the terminal by bus.

The Garda, Ireland's police force, and a team of firefighters from Shannon and Ennis, had been deployed at the airport.

The flight resumed it journey towards its destination after the plane was thoroughly checked.

The note containing the bomb threat has been taken by Irish Police as evidence and the investigators will compare the handwriting on the note with that of each passenger on board.


Image: Turkish Airlines flight travelling from Houston to Istanbul made emergency landing at Shannon Airport. Photo: courtesy of IrishFireside/Wikipedia.