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Russian plane lands in Iceland after bomb threat

08-16-2012 16:25 BJT

MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- A Russian plane en route from New York to Moscow made an emergency landing in Iceland after a bomb threat, the Aeroflot airline said Thursday.

"During the flight from New York to Moscow an anonymous telephone call came in that there could be explosives onboard. The captain made the decision on emergency landing," an Aeroflot spokesman told reporters.

The plane with 200 people onboard landed in the Iceland capital of Reykjavik. A special service team has entered the aircraft in search of possible explosive materials.

According to the unknown caller, there could be five bags with explosives which would allegedly blow up upon the plane's arrival in Moscow.

Also Thursday, another phone call was made with the threat to blow up a domestic Russian plane from Voronezh in Central Russia to Moscow.

The plane's departure from Voronezh was delayed and passengers were evacuated. Special services checked the aircraft and found no bomb inside, a representative of Moscow's Domodedovo airport told reporters.



Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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