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Moscow-bound Egyptair flight turned back after hoax threatening letter

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A threatening letter that forced an EgyptAir plane bound for Moscow to return to Cairo was found to be a hoax following a security review, Egypt’s national carrier said on Wednesday.

Flight MS 729 landed in Cairo airport 22 minutes after taking off earlier on Wednesday.

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“The flight landed 22 minutes after takeoff and passengers returned safely to the grounds of Cairo Airport where the necessary measures are being taken,” the statement said.

Another plane was prepared for the flight to Moscow and later took off with 93 passengers on board, it added later.

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