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British man arrested after alleged bomb threat on Ryanair flight from Stansted to Oslo
17 July 2020, 12:43
A 51-year-old British man has been arrested after an alleged bomb threat onboard a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Oslo.
Ryanair said in a statement that crew had discovered a note that claimed there was a potential security threat on board while flying from England to Norway.
Local police said in a statement: "The police are in control of the incident and have arrested a 51-year-old man, suspected of being behind the threats. The man is a British citizen."
Olav Unnestad, head of joint operational services in the Eastern police district, said the suspect would be interviewed as soon as possible.
#Oslolufthavn. Et fly fra Ryanair har mottatt en bombetrussel mens det var i lufta. Flyet har landet trygt på rullebanen. Situasjonen er uavklart. Vi er på stedet med store styrker.— Politiet i Øst (@politietost) July 17, 2020
A Ryanair spokeswoman said: "Crew on a Ryanair flight from London Stansted to Oslo today (17 July) discovered a note that claimed there was a potential security threat on board.
"The captain followed procedures and continued to Oslo airport where the plane landed safely. Customers remained on board while authorities carried out a security search.
"Passengers in Oslo waiting to depart to London Stansted are being transferred to a replacement aircraft to minimise any delay to their flight.
"This is now a matter for local police, and Ryanair apologises for any inconvenience that may have been caused."
The Danish military said: "F-16 aircraft has assisted in connection with a bomb threat on a Ryanair plane that flew from Stansted to Oslo.
"The Danish F-16 aircraft have landed in Norway to refuel before flying back to Denmark."