Turkish plane in emergency landing in Sudan after bomb scare

Thursday November 30 2017

Turkish Airlines

A Turkish Airlines plane at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa. There was a bomb scare in a Turkish Airlines flight from Nairobi to Cairo, Egypt on November 30, 2017, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in he Sudanese capital of Khartoum. No explosive device was found after a search. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MOHAMMED AMIN
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A Turkish Airlines plane flying to Egypt from Nairobi has made an emergency landing in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum following a bomb scare.

Sudanese civil aviation authority spokesman Abdul Hafiz Abdul Rahim said that the Boing 738 aircraft had 107 passengers of different nationalities.

“Today –Thursday – at 7.30am Sudan local time, Khartoum airport was notified by the captain of the Turkish Airlines plane Number 608 that there was a possible bomb device on board as reported by a British passenger,” Mr Rahim said.

“Accordingly, the authorities at the Khartoum International Airport allowed the emergency landing and immediately evacuated the plane and experts did a thorough search but found no suspected explosive device on the plane,” he explained.

Mr Rahim added that Sudanese authorities were interrogating the British passenger who reported the matter, in the presence of a representative from the UK embassy in Khartoum.

The Sudanese official said that neither the Khartoum airport nor the Sudanese airspace had been closed due to the incident.