Date
16 December 2017
Air France Flight 83 with 246 people on board was given a full security check at the Montreal airport. Photo: Canadian Press/AP
Air France Flight 83 with 246 people on board was given a full security check at the Montreal airport. Photo: Canadian Press/AP

Air France flight diverts to Montreal on anonymous threat

An Air France flight from San Francisco to Paris made an unscheduled landing in Montreal after receiving an anonymous threat of an undisclosed nature.

The decision on Flight 83 with 246 people aboard was made “as a precaution” following the anonymous threat, Bloomberg reported, citing an email from the airline.

After a full security search, it was confirmed by local authorities to be a “false alert”, the airline said.

The plane left Montreal shortly before 7 a.m. ET Tuesday to complete its journey to France.

The delay meant passengers were to arrive in Paris at 6 p.m. local time, about seven hours late.

“Air France deplores the unpleasantness and delay caused to its customers and has no other priority but the security of its passengers,” the carrier said.

In another case, a flight to Egypt operated by Thomas Cook Group Plc’s Condor unit made an unscheduled landing in Budapest on Monday after receiving a bomb threat.

Officers found no bombs on board the aircraft, which had departed from Berlin bound for the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, police said in an email.

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