Thomas Cook flight puts down in Tenerife due to bomb scare

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Passengers leaving the plane in Tenerife.

AFTER taking off from Amílcar Cabral airport in Cape Verde to fly to London Gatwick on December 7, the pilot of Thomas Cook Airlines flight MT1157 requested permission to make an emergency landing at Tenerife Airport as it appeared that there was a single piece of luggage on board which could not be accounted for.

Spanish bomb disposal crews accompanied by sniffer dogs awaited the arrival of the aircraft and as passengers were evacuated and sent to a holding lounge, the officers conducted a thorough search of the aircraft including all luggage and identified the ‘rogue’ bag but were satisfied that there was no danger.

Passengers were understandably upset that security in Cape Verde had not spotted the fact that an extra piece of luggage haD been loaded and that they spent several hours in the air before landing in Tenerife to see if they were in danger rather than returning to the point of departure.

The flight eventually arrived back in the UK in the early morning of December 8, several hours behind schedule.

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