Bomb scare halts flights at Rome airport

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The above plane is not the one forced to land on Sunday. Plane photo: Shutterstock
08:50 CEST+02:00
Flights were temporarily grounded at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Sunday when a plane was forced to land after a suspect piece of luggage was found on board.

The Middle East Airlines flight from Geneva to Beirut was escorted to Rome’s Fiumicino airport by two Italian fighter jets, Rai News reported.

The alarm was raised at around 1.30pm on Sunday after flight attendants failed to locate the owner of a bag on board.

Two Italian fighter jets took off from an airbase in Grosseto, Tuscany, and escorted the airbus to Fiumicino airport. All take-offs and landings were suspended during the operation, Rai News said.

On landing passengers swiftly left the aircraft while it was checked by a bomb squad, which discovered the bag did not contain any explosives.

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Following the necessary checks passengers were allowed back on board to resume their journey to Lebanon.  

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