Plane makes emergency landing in Bulgaria over bomb threat

Plane flying from Poland to Egypt makes emergency landing in Bulgaria’s Burgas Airport following bomb threat which airline later said was prank

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

An airplane carrying 161 people from Poland’s Warsaw to Egypt’s Hurgada made an emergency landing in the Burgas, Bulgaria on Thursday after a report of the presence of bomb on board, Bulgarian authorities said.

According to spokesperson for Burgas Airport, all passengers and crew were evacuated and all were unharmed, Reuters reported.

She said, there have been no explosives found but the airport remains closed.

A 64-year-old passenger who is currently being questioned by authorities had alerted the crew about a possible bomb on board.

The captain of the plane decided to make an emergency landing when he was informed about the threat of explosives.

However, the passenger alerted crew about the bomb threat later admitted that he consumed alcohol, the police said.

Whether the flight will be cancelled and take passengers back to Warsaw or continue its route to Hurgada would be decided by the airline, Burgas mayor told reporters.

The Airbus A320-232 was operating by Polish Small Planet Airlines. 

Later on Thursday, the charter firm Small Planet Airlines announced that the passenger who made the bomb threat has told the crew that he was “joking” but the plane still made the emergency landing for security reasons.

"The passenger later informed the crew that it was only a joke, but for the sake of security of all travelers, all security procedures had been launched," Small Planet Airlines said in a statement. 

TRTWorld and agencies