Delta Airlines plane makes unscheduled stop in Ireland


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Associated Press
Published January 18, 2004 DIVE19

DUBLIN, Ireland - A Delta Airlines jet traveling from Germany to the United States made an emergency landing today in Ireland because of a bomb threat.

Frankfurt-to-Atlanta flight number 27 landed at Shannon airport in the west of Ireland after crew discovered a note in a toilet suggesting there could be a bomb aboard the plane, said Siobhan Moore, spokeswoman for airport operating company Aer Rianta.

Irish police said only that the landing was ``security-related.'' Delta confirmed this and said it did not discuss security issues.

Moore said the 147 passengers were taken off and would be questioned by police.

The Boeing 767-300 was parked away from the airport terminal and would be searched, Moore said.

Delta bomb hoax probe: Man held
Monday, January 19, 2004 Posted: 10:09 AM EST (1509 GMT)

Police found nothing during a search of the Boeing 767. (File picture)

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A German teenager has been arrested in the Republic of Ireland in connection with a hoax bomb threat on a trans-Atlantic passenger jet, police said.

The Delta Air Lines jet, carrying 147 passengers, had been flying to Atlanta, Georgia, from Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday when a note was found in one of the Boeing 767's toilets saying a bomb was onboard.

The aircraft, Delta Flight 27, was diverted to Shannon Airport in western Ireland where it was searched by police and bomb disposal experts before it was declared safe.

All of the passengers were put up overnight in hotels near the airport and were due to resume their journey to Atlanta on Monday.

The 19-year-old man was arrested in connection with Ireland's Air Navigation and Transport Act after police questioned, fingerprinted and took handwriting samples from those on board, police told CNN on Monday.

Under Ireland's Criminal Justice Act he can be held for 12 hours, police said, without being charged, which would expire just before midnight (7 p.m. ET).

The flight, renumbered 9609, departed Shannon at 2:48 p.m. (9:48 a.m. ET). It is expected at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 6:03 p.m. ET.

Monday's Flight 27 from Frankfurt left on time at 9:50 a.m. (3:50 a.m. ET) and is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 1:55 p.m. ET.

A similar incident to Sunday's scare occurred last April when a crew member on a United Airlines flight from London to New York found a note containing a bomb threat in a seatback pocket.

That plane later made an emergency landing at Shannon. Police questioned passengers and searched the plane but found nothing out of the ordinary.