US-bound plane diverted after threat

Associated Press


A plane from Cairo bound for New York was diverted by fighter jets to an emergency landing in the U.K. after a passenger discovered a letter threatening the aircraft, officials said Saturday.

Police said late Saturday there had been no arrests and that authorities are working to ascertain who wrote the note in a lavatory that forced Flight 985 — carrying about 300 passengers en route to John F. Kennedy Airport — to make an emergency landing at Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport.

British Typhoon fighter jets escorted the plane to Prestwick, where the flight was met by a heavy police presence. It stayed there for several hours before passengers were able to disembark, at which point officers searched the plane.

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