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US-bound Egypt plane diverted after threat

world Updated: Jun 15, 2013 23:24 IST

A plane from Cairo bound for New York's John F. Kennedy airport has been forced to make an emergency landing, after a passenger discovered a letter onboard threatening to blow up the aircraft, an EgyptAir official said.

Chairman of EgyptAir Tawfiq Assi says Flight 985 had around 300 passengers onboard when it was diverted to Glasgow's Prestwick Airport on Saturday.

Britain's Ministry of Defence confirmed that it had launched fighter jets to escort the plane to Glasgow airport. Police in Glasgow confirmed that officers were responding to an incident but declined to provide further detail.

Assi says the flight is now being checked by a technical team that includes bomb disposal experts. Passengers were let off to wait in Glasgow's airport, and officials are also looking into their backgrounds.