Turkish plane makes Sudan emergency landing after bomb scare

A file photo of a Turkish Airlines aircraft as it approaches to land at Antalya International airport in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, Turkey. (Reuters)

A Turkish Airlines jet carrying 107 passengers from Nairobi to Cairo made an emergency landing in Khartoum on Thursday after a passenger reported a bomb threat, a Sudanese aviation official said.

“Turkish Airlines flight 606 made an emergency landing after a passenger on board said he received an email saying there was a bomb on board,” civil aviation authority spokesman Abdelhafiz Abdelrahim told AFP.

“All 107 passengers have been safely evacuated.”

He said that when the plane was in Sudanese airspace, the pilot informed Khartoum airport that he needed to make an emergency landing. The plane landed at about 7:30 am (0530 GMT).

“The plane is now in an isolated area of the airport. Security officials searched the plane and passengers’ luggage but didn’t find anything suspicious,” Abdelrahim said.

Another source told AFP on condition of anonymity that the passenger who reported the email was a Briton.

“The British passenger received the email and he informed the crew. He is now under investigation,” the source said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50