A bomb threat caused a Turkish Airlines flight from New York City to Istanbul to divert and land in Canada on Sunday, says the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Halifax Stanfield International Airport said on its Twitter feed early Sunday that Flight 2 had landed safely and police were at the scene. The tweet says 256 people were on board.
Turkish Airlines Flight #2 NYC to Ankara diverted to Hfx Stanfield. Landed safely at 12:53am. All safe. 256 on board. RCMP attending.— Halifax Airport (@HfxStanfield) November 22, 2015
The RCMP in Nova Scotia said on its Twitter feed that it would not comment on the details of the bomb threat and was looking to identify the person or persons responsible.
It added that police will be “searching the Turkish Airlines plane using police dogs trained in explosives.”
The RCMP said the bomb threat was received at 10:50 pm local time. Flight tracking sites show the flight had already taken off from John F Kennedy International Airport in New York by then.
Investigation into bomb threat is in its early stages. Threat was received at 10:50 p.m. this evening @HfxStanfield— RCMP, Nova Scotia (@RCMPNS) November 22, 2015
Last Tuesday night, Air France Flight 55 from Dulles International Airport outside Washington was diverted to Halifax after an anonymous bomb threat was phoned in after the plane had taken off.
An FBI statement late Tuesday said authorities had investigated and found no credible threat, and the RCMP said investigators found no evidence of an explosive device.
That threat came after the November 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and heightened security concerns worldwide.