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Bomb threat that forced Condor flight to land in Crete proves to be a hoax

Security control checks on the Condor Airlines plane at the airport of Chania concluded around 4 o’ clock Friday morning. Explosives disposal units from the Army and the Police thoroughly and two specially trained dogs conducted search on the plane but also on passengers’ luggage.

No bomb or other explosives were found.

Flight DE69 was flying from the touristic resort of Hurghada Egypt to Dusseldorf in Germany late on Thrusday.

When somebody reportedly found a note with the bomb threat in one of the plane’s toilets, the pilot asked permission for an emergency landing at the airport of Chania in Western Crete.

F-16 fighter jets of the Greek Air Force escorted the plane once it entered the Athens FIR.

273 passengers and one baby on board  and six crew members were quickly evacuated and brought in safety.

Passengers and crew were transferred to hotels in Chania where they spent the night.

See also: F-16 escort Condor Flight DE69 to emergency landing in Chania due to bomb threat

By Friday noon, the plane was reportedly still at the airport though.

Citing the contact officer of Fraport Greece that manages the airport, local media zarpanews noted that the airplane departure is scheduled in accordance to regulations that foresee 12 hours after checks have been completed so that there is sufficient time for the crew to rest.

The flight resumed on Friday afternoon.

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