Jet makes emergency landing in Ireland after threat

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A Delta Air Lines aircraft travelling from Germany to the United States made an emergency landing in Ireland yesterday because of a bomb threat.

Flight 27 from Frankfurt to Atlanta landed at Shannon airport in the west of Ireland after crew members discovered a note in a toilet suggesting there might be a bomb on board, said Siobhan Moore, a spokeswoman for the airport's operating company Aer Rianta.

Delta Air Lines said the aircraft landed at about 12.45pm, three hours after it left Frankfurt. Ms Moore said the 147 passengers disembarked and were questioned by police at the airport. Police searched the aircraft after its scheduled landing time of about 7pm when passengers were also allowed to reclaim their bags. They stayed the night in local hotels.

Delta Air Lines said the passengers would fly out of Shannon today at 1pm on flight 9606, and arrive in Atlanta at 4.50pm. Ms Moore said the aircraft was expected to stay at Shannon airport until today.

In April last year, a United Airlines flight from London to New York made an emergency landing at Shannon after a member of the crew found a note with a bomb threat in a passenger's seat.