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06 April 2011 09:35
A Thomson Airways aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Athens after 'a security alert'
A British passenger plane has been forced to make an emergency landing in Athens following "a security alert".
The Thomson Airways Boeing 757 was on its way from Bristol to the popular resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, but instead it was diverted to Athens. It had over 200 passengers on board.
A spokesman for the airline said following the security alert "as a precaution and in the interest of customer safety the crew took the decision to divert to Athens".
The aircraft underwent checks at the Athens International Airport, while passengers and crew members were taken care of in the terminal building.
The spokesman explained: "The plane landed safely and there were no injuries. A full inspection of the aircraft is being carried out."
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