Published: Mon, September 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

British Airways plane evacuated after threat

British Airways plane evacuated after threat

A London-bound British Airways flight was evacuated at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris yesterday due to a bomb scare, but was later cleared for take-off after a four-hour delay.

As reported by the Metro, the British Airways plane was immediately surrounded by Paris police and fire vehicles due to the #security threat and according to a witness, James Anderson, all passengers were then searched by armed police.

Police and fire engines surrounded the plane on the tarmac.

It was followed by the pilot announcing they had to evacuate on account of a "direct threat" involving the flight specifically.

Passeners were informed shortly before take off that a "direct threat" had been made against the aiport. We will all be led off the aircraft & baggage searched in due course'. Now hold luggage being searched by dogs'.

A spokesman for France's national gendarme service said police and firefighters rushed to the scene after receiving a "security alert".

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"We were then told the aircraft had to move to another part of the airport".

He continued: "I believe the intention is to return to the same plane assuming the search is all clear".

'We were told they are also now searching the aircraft with dogs'.

British Airways said in a statement: "The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so".

The security threat came two days after an explosion rocked a crowded London subway vehicle, injuring at least 29, in what officials say was a terror attack.

The threat comes after an improvised explosive device partially detonated in a subway train in London's Parsons Green tube station on Friday, injuring 29 people.

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