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Bomb threats ground Pakistani jets

Two Pakistani airliners, one bound for Britain, have been grounded by bomb threats.

The first Pakistan International Airlines jet was forced to put down in Istanbul after the company received the threat by email while it was over Bulgaria.

All 378 passengers were safely evacuated from the Boeing 777-300ER after it was parked at a remote corner of the International Ataturk Airport, and bomb squads began searching the plane with sniffer dogs.

The plane was told of the threat somewhere near the Bulgarian capital of Sofia, and contacted the control tower in Istanbul to seek permission for the landing.

It took off from the Pakistan capital Islamabad and was heading to Manchester

A second flight also received a bomb threat but landed safely in Malaysia.

An airline spokesman said the plane was flying from Islamabad to Kuala Lumpur.

It landed in Kuala Lumpur and all 176 passengers disembarked safely.


From Belfast Telegraph