Air France aircraft makes emergency landing in Kenya

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Air France 777-300 ER

KENYAN police spokesman Inspector General Joseph Boinnet issued information in a tweet that Air France Boeing 777 AF463 had left Mauritius on the evening of December 19 en route for Paris, when a passenger noticed a suspicious item in one of the toilets, which looked as if it might have been a bomb.

Having been alerted to this potential threat, the pilot requested permission to make an unscheduled and emergency landing at Moi international airport in Mombasa which was granted, and all 459 passengers and 14 crew were escorted safely from the aircraft via escape chutes.

Bomb experts from the Kenyan navy and directorate of criminal investigation boarded the aircraft and removed the suspect item for checking.

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Air France chief executive, Frédéric Gagey, told a press conference: “All the information available to us at the moment indicates that the object was not capable of creating an explosion or damaging a plane, but was rather a mixture of cardboard, sheets of paper and a timer, It was a false alarm.”

It now appears that one of the passengers on the flight has been detained by Kenyan authorities, presumably suspected of planting the fake bomb.

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