Sunday, March 22, 2009

'Bomb alert' at Gatwick airport was hoax

Passengers have been evacuated from an Emirates plane as police investigate a suspect package. Details are sketchy but Sussex police have told news agencies that they are investigating reports of a suspect package on the plane at London’s Gatwick airport. Reports emerged at around 11:00 GMT, though news channels have been primarily focused on the death of reality TV star Jade Goody. CNN reports that the plane landed at 06.48 GMT following a flight from Dubai and is currently in a holding area.

Update: Police investigating the suspicious package later said the incident was a "hoax". A man in his 20s was arrested following the alert which resulted in 184 passengers being evacuated. The search for a device was instigated after a passenger found a note and alerted authorities [BBC].

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