Air France plane in emergency landing after bomb was found in toilet
Kenya Airports Authority said that experts have discovered a bomb on the Air France plane.
“The explosive was carried away to a safe place outside the airport. Bomb experts from the Kenya Navy took the bomb away to safety,” the authority said on Facebook.
At least six passengers are currently being interrogated by the authorities over the suspected bomb, a police official told AP on condition of anonymity. Earlier, the Kenyan airport authority reported two people had been taken in for questioning.
“There was a very big noise in the plane. Then, at some point, the plane shook a lot,” Audrey, one of the passengers, told Europe 1 radio. “They [plane crew] told us… that our lives were in danger.”
During the flight, one of the passengers found something that looked like “a stopwatch mounted on a box,” the official told AP.
The Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew on board, police spokesman Charles Owino said.
The plane was flying to Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport when it was forced to land in the Moi International Airport in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.
According to Owino, all the passengers and crew members have been safely evacuated. He added that bomb experts are currently investigating the device that was found in the bathroom.
“The pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory,”Owino said.
Air France said in a statement that the passengers and crew “are [being] taken care of by Mombasa’s airport ground staff and will be accommodated.”
“An investigation is being led by the authorities to identify the source of the threat…This Mombasa-Paris flight is scheduled to leave in the late afternoon of Sunday, December 20,” the statement added.
UPDATE: French media report that device found on board AF463 is not a real bomb.