EgyptAir flight bomb threat turned out to be rumor, plane into emergency landing


An Egyptian passenger plane has made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan after the pilots were told there was a bomb on board, two Egyptian aviation officials said. The EgyptAir plane, which was en route from Cairo to Beijing, landed in the town of Urgench after receiving the bomb threat in a phone call on Wednesday.

Egyptian aviation officials said the plane, which was carrying 118 passengers, had been evacuated and searched. No explosives were found, they said. "The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank God," said one of the officials.

EgyptAir has received a number of bomb threats since one of its aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19. All have turned out to be hoaxes. On June 1, French naval search vessel has picked up signals believed to originate from one of the black boxes of EgyptAir flight MS804 which crashed into the Mediterranean .