Fighter jets escort British jetliner to Athens after security alert

43926.jpegFighter jets were scrambled to escort a British passenger plane to Athens airport following a security alert.

The Thomson Airways Boeing 757, with more than 200 passengers on board, landed safely at Athens having taken off from Bristol bound for the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Greek state television reported a bomb threat was made to a holiday company in Britain. However, the BBC said the threat was received by an Egyptian news agency and passed on to the plane's crew.

Security forces searched the plane at Athens airport, The Guardian reports.

All passengers were evacuated safely from the plane after it landed by 3 p.m. There were no injuries to passengers, who are safe in the airport terminal, a spokesman for the airlines owner TUI Travel said.

Bomb experts were searching the plane at a remote area of the airport, according to RTT News.


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