British Plane Lands in Athens After Bomb Threat

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A British tour company's flight from the UK to the Egyptian beach resort of Sharm el Sheikh made an emergency landing at the airport in Athens, Greece after the airplane received a bomb threat.

Officials from Greece's Air Force said two F-16 jets and a Super Puma helicopter were scrambled to escort the Thomson Airways flight, which had 213 passengers and crew onboard. The plane landed safely at Athens International Airport and no one was injured in the incident.

The Boeing plane was being checked for explosives, reports Reuters. The disembarked passengers were waiting in an airport terminal.

"Thomson Airways can confirm that a security alert was raised during one of its flights, TOM 226, today from Bristol to Sharm el Sheikh. As a precautionary measure and in the interests of customer safety, the pilot took the decision to divert the aircraft into Athens airport," the tour company said.

According to Greek state TV reports, the bomb threat was made in a telephone call to Thomson in the UK.

British authorities have also launched an investigation.

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