Police 'forgot' to take explosives off plane
Friday 08 January 2010
A baggage-handling company missed the crucial telex that was sent to warn Irish authorities that explosives were on a flight to Dublin.
As the blame game into the Slovakian bomb fiasco continued, it emerged that the police officer who “forgot” to remove the deadly RDX from a passenger's bag will face prosecution.
Senior police chiefs in Slovakia have now admitted that they would not have allowed the flight to leave Poprad-Tatry Airport if their officers had alerted them to the mistake.
They have also produced a copy of the telex that was sent to warn Dublin that the explosive material was on board the flight.
However, while Slovak police claim that the notice should have been sufficient warning, they actually sent it to baggage-handling company Servisair.
The company confirmed yesterday that they received the message but refused to say when it was picked up.
A spokesperson said: “All that information is now confidential because it's in the hands of the police.”
The revelation came as a massive blame game developed between the Irish and Slovak authorities.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) yesterday reiterated that the first it knew of the danger was on Tuesday morning when they notified gardai and a major security operation was launched.
A DAA spokesperson said they “definitely did not” receive any other communication from Slovakia.
She also confirmed that Servisair did not forward them the telex or inform airport police of its contents. In turn, Servisair said they receive hundreds of telex messages every day and said that the airline involved “did not follow emergency procedure”.
Their representative said: “The captain knew about this and did not tell our staff. I think you have to direct the question to the airline itself. He could have refused to fly the plane.”
For its part Danube Wings say that the safety of passengers was never compromised.
Yesterday the head of border policing in Slovakia offered his resignation. However, the Government has decided not to fire Tibor Mako and will instead punish an officer who has not been named.
Source: The Belfast Telegraph
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 3 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 4 The most powerful passports in the world
- 5 Chinese student carries disabled friend to school every day for three years
Nepal earthquake: How you can help victims of the Kathmandu disaster
Nepal earthquake in pictures: Photos show devastation caused by 7.8 magnitude earthquake
Royal baby: Live updates as superbug closes ward at St Mary's Hospital in London where Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth
Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
General Election 2015: The photo of a tree that proves the Tories have an image problem
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£26000 - £28000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: Senior Accounts Assistan...
£24000 - £26000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...