Air France Flight Diverted to Kenya After Bomb Scare ‘False Alarm’
An Air France jet traveling from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious package, feared to be a bomb, was discovered in a lavatory. The airline later said that the scare was a false alarm and authorities in Kenya held four passengers from the flight for questioning.
Air France Flight 463 was en route to Paris when a passenger reported a suspicious device to the crew. The captain made the decision to divert and made an emergency landing at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, Kenya’s second largest city.
The aircraft, a Boeing 777, was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crewmembers.
At a news conference held in Paris on Sunday, Air France’s CEO, Frédéric Gagey, said that the bomb scare was a “false alarm” and that the device was only made of cardboard, pieces of paper, and a timer.
Both officials and the airline plan to investigate the incident further. Gagey termed the act “stupid” and “completely unacceptable.”
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