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Passengers evacuated and held at Prague Airport after bomb threat on board flight from Manchester

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 17/12/2018 Beth Abbit
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Passengers from Manchester were held at Prague airport after a drawing of a bomb was found on a piece of paper in the toilets, it has been reported.

The drama unfolded when a Jet 2 flight from Manchester to the Czech capital landed at around 6.30pm local time last night.

The 183 people on board were evacuated from the aircraft but then held at the terminal building after they were told a 'threatening note' had been found.

Passengers were held for around four hours whilst police searched the aircraft and people's luggage, passengers told the M.E.N.

Now officials in the Czech Republic have said it was a drawing of a bomb found in the toilets which sparked the scare.

"The flight attendant found a paper on the toilet on the plane, on which a bomb was painted, so the captain informed the control tower and the police officers shot down," Foreign Ministry spokesman Kateřina Rendlová told Czech news site Novinky.

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"As part of these procedures, we have to get all the passengers out, see if they have seen someone suspected, etc.

"They are all out of the plane and some have already left the airport, and no bombs were found during an aircraft search" the spokesman added.

The Czech police said on Twitter: "Police at Prague Airport examined a potential bomb threat aboard the aircraft.

"After a safe landing, the aircraft is inspected by police pyrotechnics and passengers are gradually disembarked into the inland after being excavated.

"There has been no damage to property, danger to life or health."

Staff were also searched as part of the big police operation as well as passengers on some other flights arriving into Václav Havel Airport, Novinky said before everyone was allowed to leave around 10:30pm.

Last night, 26 year-old passenger Beth Parkinson told the M.E.N: "As soon as we landed the captain said someone had left a threatening note in a toilet and we were not to move and had to leave everything on the plane.

“It was a lot calmer than I would have thought actually. Everyone was looking around but it was quite orderly.

“We got off the plane in about 10 minutes but then we were waiting on a bus to the terminal for around. We’ve been waiting inside the airport for about four hours since then. They’ve given us water, tea and biscuits but nobody from Jet2 is here.

“We don’t know what the threat was. And we haven’t been told anything. “At the the minute we’re just waiting to collect our bags.

They’ve taken all the luggage off the plane and the police have interviewed us one by one while we queue.”

A Jet2 spokeswoman said: "Czech Authorities were called to undertake security checks on one of our aircraft in Prague yesterday, due to a security alert.

"The aircraft has been cleared to return to service following these checks.

"We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused, however the safety and welfare of everyone onboard will always be our number one priority.”


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