Sunday, December 27, 2009

Bomb scare diverts Detroit-bound German flight

A false alarm over a suspicious suitcase forced the landing in Iceland of a German airliner bound for Detroit, national flag carrier Lufthansa said Sunday.

A spokesman for the airline told reporters that the Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt on Saturday with 160 people on board was carrying luggage from a passenger who was not on the plane.

As a precaution, the pilots landed the Airbus A330 in Iceland, where the baggage was removed. The flight then continued on to Detroit with a delay of about two hours.

The spokesman declined to comment on media reports that security experts feared there were explosives on board, but noted that all luggage in Frankfurt is X-rayed before being loaded onto planes.

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