AEGEAN Airlines flight A3 688 left Athens airport at 9.15am on January 10 on a routine flight to Madrid, but following concerns expressed by a passenger on board which the pilot took seriously, he contacted authorities at Son Sant Joan airport in Mallorca and obtained permission to make an emergency landing.
Passengers were evacuated from the aircraft and were interviewed whilst the plane and their luggage were searched by officers of the Guardia Civil confirmed that it was a false alarm and the plane was allowed to continue to Madrid.
It is not surprising that any suspicion of terrorist activity concerning Madrid is taken very seriously, especially after the video declaration in the previous week concerning the fact that Madrid was a noted terrorist target.
An official statement from Aegean Airlines said: “AEGEAN was notified by the Athens International Airport, today, Sunday January 10, for additional security check to a passenger on the scheduled AEGEAN flight A3 688 from Athens to Madrid.
“Considering this information, AEGEAN has instructed the commander of the flight to land on the nearest airport.
“The aircraft has landed on the Palma de Mallorca Airport, where all the additional security checks were conducted for the aircraft and the passengers, as provided by regulations.
“The security checks revealed no issues and the aircraft departed from Mallorca to its final destination Madrid.”