3 held over 'bomb threat' on Dubai-bound plane
Armed police stormed a packed passenger jet at Heathrow airport in London as it was about to take off to Dubai and arrested three men on suspicion of making a bomb threat.world Updated: Jan 09, 2010 12:08 IST
Armed police stormed a packed passenger jet at Heathrow airport in London on Saturday as it was about to take off to Dubai and arrested three men on suspicion of making a bomb threat.
The officers boarded the Dubai-bound Emirates EK004 flight, which had 331 people inside, after air crew alerted police, Sky News reported.
Police entered the plane when it was about to take off at 8 pm local time last night (0130 HRS IST on Saturday). The flight was grounded for over three hours.
Emirates said the incident occurred after "remarks" were made as the plane prepared for take-off.
Three men, aged 58, 48 and 36, have been arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat, the report quoted the Metropolitan Police as saying.
The three men were handcuffed and dragged off the flight by officers wearing full body armour. One allegedly made a 'verbal threat' as the plane taxied towards the Terminal 3 runway, Mail Online reported.
Witnesses described the main suspect as a white man.
Passengers remained on board while officers emptied overhead lockers and sniffer dogs were brought on to the Boeing 777 to search for potential explosives.
Up to eight police vehicles surrounded the plane, although no ambulances were present.
The incident comes amid heightened security at airports across the world in the wake of the botched Christmas Day bombing of a US plane by 23-year-old Nigerian Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab.