Air France flights diverted after ‘bomb threats’

Both flights heading to Paris from the U.S. were forced to change routes for ‘security reasons’

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Two Air France flights bound for Paris from the United States were diverted late on Tuesday due to bomb threats, media reports said.

CNN reported that one was diverted to Salt Lake City, Utah, after taking off from Los Angeles while the second left Washington and was diverted to Halifax, Canada.

In a brief statement, Air France said both flights had been the "subjects of anonymous threats received after their respective take-offs."

"As a precautionary measure and to conduct all necessary security checks, Air France, applying the safety regulations in force, decided to request the landings of both aircraft," the airline said in its statement.

Both aircraft - flight 65 out of Los Angeles, and flight 55 out of Dulles International Airport in Virginia outside the U.S. capital - have landed safely.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman confirmed to AFP that flight 65 was diverted to Salt Lake City.

“It landed safely,” she said but declined to comment on the reported security threat.

“Passengers are being removed from flight. No word on why flight diverted,” Canada’s CBC said on Twitter of the jet that landed in Nova Scotia.

Social media comments alluded to an emergency landing of the jet that left Los Angeles, saying it had touched down in Utah, with many police cars on the tarmac.

“It was diverted to Salt Lake City because of a security incident,” CNN quoted the FAA as saying.

[With Reuters]

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