Turkish airplane lands in Canada over false bomb alarm

Authorities say that Turkish flight from New York to Istanbul was diverted to Canada over false alarm

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

A recent announcement by Turkish Airlines (TK) said that a TK flight from New York to Istanbul was diverted to Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada over a false bomb alarm on Sunday as there were no explosives found during search operations.

The Airbus A330 jet en route to Istanbul with 256 people on board was sharply diverted in mid-air over a possible bomb threat after it took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

Landing in Halifax Airport, all passengers and crew on the flight were evacuated safely and moved to the terminal building.

Canadian police earlier said they were investigating the essence of a bomb threat, which caused the TK flight to divert, with police dogs trained in explosives and trying to identify suspects.

The police informed that the bomb threat was received at 10:50pm local time however refused to comment on further details of the threat.

Halifax Stanfield International Airport said on its Twitter account that the plane had landed in a remote and safe region at 12:53am local time.

Meanwhile, Turkish Ambassador to Ottawa, Serdar Unal said that the authorities from Istanbul, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto set up a crisis center over the incident.

Unal added that he would be closely following the all developments related to the issue.

A similar incident occurred on Tuesday, when an Air France plane departing from Washington was diverted to Halifax after a bomb threat was made during flight.

Following the investigations, neither American nor Canadian authorities had found credible threat or evidence of an explosive device.

The incident came a short time after November 13 attacks in Paris which killed 130 people and arose high security concerns worldwide.

TRTWorld and agencies