Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Flight from Rome to Chicago diverted to Ireland after threat found onboard

Flight from Rome to Chicago diverted to Ireland after threat found onboard

When the plane landed at Shannon, emergency procedures were carried out with airport police, ambulances, fire units and Gardai all attending the scene.

United Airlines flight UA-971 was diverted to Shannon Airport in the west of Ireland after the message was discovered en route to Chicago from Rome.

In a statement, United Airlines said: "After assessing the situation our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport".

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that no suspicious device was found, but that investigations are still underway.

The flight's 214 passengers were removed from the plane, and sent to a nearby hotel.

United Airlines flight UA971 landed safely and the passengers have disembarked
United Airlines flight UA971 landed safely and the passengers have disembarked

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now cancelled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

A United Airlines plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland on Monday after a bomb threat was found on board.

According to reports by CBS News and The Irish Times, a bomb threat was discovered inscribed on a surface inside one of the Boeing 767-300's bathrooms.

A United spokeswoman said on Monday that passengers and baggage would undergo more security screening before the flight resumes.

Passengers are now being investigated with police taking writing samples from all those on board.


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