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Bomb threat forces emergency landing.

Thursday, August 16, 2012 | 10:01 AM    

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A passenger jet flying from New York to Moscow made an emergency landing in Iceland today after a caller claimed there was a bomb on board.

“There was an anonymous call saying that there was an explosive device on the plane, which was already in the air,” spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg said. 

“The pilot took the decision to land the plane and it landed safely. A search is being conducted.”

According to an article from Dailymail.co.uk, Keflavik spokesman Fridthor Eydal said the bomb threat was made sometime earlier in the morning and at 5.30am GMT, the plane decided to head for Keflavik.

Russian news agency Interfax, citing an unnamed source, said an anonymous phone call had been made to US law enforcement agencies claiming that five suitcases were filled with explosive materials and that they would detonate upon arrival in Moscow.

Emergency teams also searched an aeroplane in the city of Voronezh, 300 miles south of Moscow, for explosives after an anonymous phone call was made to the city's airport, but no bomb was found, state-run RIA reported.

A suicide bomb blast in the international arrivals area at Moscow's Domodedovo airport in January 2011 killed 37 people. Islamist insurgents in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility.

Suicide bombers identified as women from the North Caucasus blew up two planes on domestic Russian flights nearly simultaneously in August 2004, killing all 90 people aboard.

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