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French jet lands after bomb threat

An Air France passenger jet from Rio to Paris that made an emergency landing in north-eastern Brazil with 405 passengers aboard due to a bomb threat is back in service after no explosive was found on board.

The delay in the plane's departure from the north-eastern city of Recife was necessary because regulations require that the crew receive a certain amount of rest, an Air France spokesman in Brazil said.

Solange Argenta, a spokeswoman with the Brazilian government's airport authority, Infraero, said authorities inspected the plane and its luggage "and no explosive was found".

All 405 passengers and 18 crew members were safely evacuated from Air France Flight 443 on Saturday night, said Infraero spokesman Jorge Andrade.

The bomb threat was phoned in to Rio's international airport by a female voice about 30 minutes after the plane took off, the Air France spokesman said. The control tower contacted the jet and the decision was made to land in Recife, he said.

In Paris, Air France spokesman Jerome N'Guyen confirmed a full inspection of the plane had been completed and nothing suspicious had been found.


From Belfast Telegraph