Plane diverted to Scottish airport following security alert

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British authorities diverted a passenger plane to a Scottish airport on Wednesday after the cabin crew received a note saying there was a bomb on board in what police called an ongoing incident.

Authorities said 172 passengers had left the plane, although it wasn't clear who, if anyone, was still on board the plane at Prestwick Airport, which is around 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Glasgow.

The plane landed at Prestwick Airport, which is around 30 miles (50 kilometers) from Glasgow, was closed and other flights were diverted to other airports, police said.

The plane was escorted by two Royal Air Force jets.

Ryanair said flight FR25 from Paris Beauvais to Dublin had been diverted to Prestwick on the instruction of the Department for Transport, where it landed safely at 2.22pm

The airline went on: "A note was passed to the cabin crew onboard claiming that there was a bomb onboard the aircraft.

"The captain immediately reported this to UK air traffic control and was instructed to divert to Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

"All passengers together with Ryanair are cooperating fully with the police and local safety authorities.

"The aircraft will now be subject to a detailed search, following which we expect it will be cleared to travel onwards to Dublin.

"Ryanair apologises sincerely for any inconvenience caused to these passengers, however the safety of our passengers and aircraft will always be our number one priority."