Greek warplanes were scrambled Sunday to escort a Ryanair flight from Poland to Greece with over 190 people on board after a bomb alert was reported to authorities, a defence ministry source said.
The plane landed at Athens International Airport shortly before 1600 GMT and was under inspection by a bomb disposal team, state news agency AMNA reported.
Greek police on Sunday said they had found no explosives on board after a search of the passengers and the aircraft “did not find anything suspicious,” the statement read.
The Boeing 737 flight from Katowice landed in Athens with an escort of two F-16 jets, after earlier being shadowed by Hungarian warplanes, Greek officials said.
Piotr Adamczyk, public relations manager at Katowice airport, said they had received a telephone warning as the plane was flying over Slovakia.
“After the plane took off, there was a call to the airport information centre concerning the possible presence of an explosive device on board,” Adamczyk told AFP.
The flight had landed at an isolated area at Athens International Airport shortly before 1600 GMT, a delay of nearly two-and-a-half hours.
It had earlier been diverted to fly over the sea as it approached Athens as a precaution.
“Crew onboard flight FR6385 travelling from Katowice to Athens were notified of a potential security threat onboard and in line with safety procedures, continued to Athens where it landed safely before being met by the Greek authorities,” Ryanair said in a statement.
“Passengers disembarked normally,” it added.
Greek warplanes scrambled Sunday to escort the Ryanair flight from Poland to Greece after a bomb alert was reported to authorities, officials said.
Two F-16 jets escorted the flight, which took off from Katowice for Athens, as it entered Greek airspace from North Macedonia, the source told AFP.
The Boeing 737 had earlier been escorted by Hungarian warplanes, the official added.
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The flight finally landed at an isolated area at Athens International Airport shortly before 1600 GMT, a delay of nearly two-and-a-half hours.