Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 5990 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 904 times:
Yes a bomb threat was found in the bathroom of a VS flight from lgw to mco the note in the bathroom it said there was a bomb on the plane and Death to All Americans . The plane diverted to Keflavik and searched by a bomb squad, Thank God nothing was found and the airplane is safe in the ground at Keflavik.
Aio86 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 928 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 874 times:
Here's the story from AOL news:
Bomb Threat Diverts Jet to Iceland
.c The Associated Press
LONDON (AP) - A passenger jet flying from Britain to Florida with 340 people on board was diverted to Iceland on Saturday after the crew found a bomb threat and anti-American messages scrawled on a bathroom mirror in soap.
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic Airways indicated the incident was a hoax. ``It is a shame that people are being disrupted by someone being a bit silly,'' spokesman Ben Hall said.
The Boeing 747 landed safely at Keflavik airport, 30 miles southwest of the capital Reykjavik, about six hours after it took off from London's Gatwick airport bound for Orlando, Fla, officials said. It had 322 passengers and 18 crew on board.
Keflavik Police Commissioner Johann Benediktsson said the threat was written in soap on a mirror in a plane toilet.
``It contained the phrase 'all Americans must die' and other anti- American sentiment,'' he said.
It was not immediately known who wrote the threat. Airline spokesman Ben Hall said none of the passengers would be allowed to leave the airport until they had been questioned by police.
Dozens of fire engines and support vehicles from the nearby U.S. naval base at Keflavik were sent to the airport and ambulances in Reykjavik were placed on standby, said Fridthor Eydal, spokesman for the base.
The passengers were led into an auxiliary fire station near the terminal building, Eydal said.
``The hand luggage is going to be searched and all passengers will be searched,'' he said.
Virgin spokesman Hall said the pilot regarded the situation as a low-level security threat, but decided to divert the plane as a precaution. He said the passengers would be put up overnight in a hotel and would be on their way in the morning.
Dragon-wings From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3922 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 872 times:
Here is the story from CNN's web site
LONDON, England -- A Virgin Atlantic plane carrying 357 people from Britain to the United States made an emergency landing at Keflavik airport in Iceland on Saturday following a bomb threat.
The plane, flight VS 27, carrying 339 passengers and 18 crew, was evacuated and is now being examined, CNN has learned.
Bomb disposal crews were preparing to enter the aircraft, a Boeing 747 en route from Gatwick, England, to Orlando, Florida.
The bomb threat is believed to have come about one-and-a-half hours before the emergency landing when a message was found written on a toilet mirror.
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic told CNN that a member of the cabin crew found the message scrawled on the mirror during a routine check.
It was never believed the plane was in danger but it made an emergency landing under standard security regulations, the spokesman said.
The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747 took off from London's Gatwick airport at 6 a.m. EST (1100 GMT) bound for Orlando, Fla. It landed safely at Keflavik airport, 30 miles southwest of the capital Reykjavik at 12:26 p.m. EST (1726 GMT).
Keflavik Police Commissioner Johann Benediktsson told the Associated Press that the threat was written on a toilet mirror in the plane in soap. It was discovered by the crew and taken very seriously, he added.
"It contained the phrase 'all Americans must die' and other anti- American sentiment," he said.
Fridthor Eydal, spokesman for the U.S. Naval Base at Keflavik said that dozens of fire engines and support vehicles were scrambled to the airport and ambulances in Reykjavik were placed on standby.
"This was a mass casualty situation, but on standby," he said.
He said the passengers were taken off the plane into an auxiliary fire station near the terminal building.
"The hand luggage is going to be searched and all passengers will be searched," he added.
Baec777 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1231 posts, RR: 2 Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 706 times:
Flight Resumes After Bomb Threat
.c The Associated Press
REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) - Investigators found no explosives aboard a passenger jet that landed in Iceland after a bomb threat and concluded the message scrawled on a bathroom mirror was a hoax, police said Sunday.
The pilot cut short the Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from London to Florida and landed the Boeing 747 at Keflavik Airport Saturday after the crew found the threat and anti-American messages written with soap.
No explosives were found, said Jonas Jonasson, police section leader in Keflavik, 30 miles southwest of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. He said investigators determined the threat was a hoax.
Jonasson said questioning of the 322 passengers and 18 crew failed to turn up any information on the source of the threat, and that all passengers were continuing on to Orlando, Fla., where U.S. authorities would question them further.
The plane left Keflavik for Orlando on Sunday afternoon, Iceland's Civil Aviation Authority said.
A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ben Hall, said Saturday that the pilot had regarded the situation as a low-level security threat, but decided to divert the plane as a precaution. Hall said the airline would take legal action against the hoaxer if he or she was identified.
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could be some idiots on board threatening the United States when it lands.... Unsure if it will happen or not...