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'Bomb alert' airliner continues journey after diversion to Shannon

Published 24/01/2016

The flight was diverted to Shannon airport
The flight was diverted to Shannon airport

A transatlantic airliner diverted to Shannon airport due to a bomb alert has resumed its journey after searches found nothing untoward.

The aircraft was forced to land at Shannon on Sunday morning after crew apparently found a note making a threat.

The Irish Defence Forces' Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit and gardai searched the Turkish Airlines Boeing 777.

The flight carrying 209 passengers from Houston, Texas to Istanbul landed safely at Shannon around 11am.

The emergency services assembled at the airport ahead of the landing.

Passengers were taken off the plane and transported to the terminal.

The aircraft was kept in a secure zone of the airfield while the searches were carried out. The flight took off again around 6.45pm on Sunday.

A Turkish Airlines spokeswoman said the incident was a "false alert".

"The plane has continued its flight after the termination of necessary procedures," she added.

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