Turkish Airlines plane diverted after bomb threat

New York-Istanbul flight makes emergency landing in Halifax, Canada

Turkish Airlines plane diverted after bomb threat

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish Airlines flight traveling from New York to Istanbul has been diverted to the Canadian east coast city of Halifax due to a "bomb threat", authorities said.

Police in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia said on Twitter that the flight TK2 landed safely at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Saturday night after a bomb threat was received at 10.50 p.m. local time (0250GMT).

"[Royal Canadian Mounted Police] is looking to establish the origin of the threat and identify the person or persons responsible," police said.

The airport said all 256 people on board were safe. A World Bulletin editor, Aynur Erdogan is also on the plane.

The Airbus A330 jet had taken off from New York John F. Kennedy Airport at 9.03 p.m. local time (0203GMT), according to Turkish Airlines' online flight status page.

The incident came several days after two Paris-bound Air France planes departing from the U.S. were diverted due to anonymous bomb threats.

Flight 55, from Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., and Flight 65, from Los Angeles, made emergency landings in Halifax and in the western U.S. city of Salt Lake City, respectively, on Tuesday.

No explosives were found aboard the planes, U.S. and Canadian media said.

The incidents followed Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed 130 people.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Kasım 2015, 09:52