Passenger Jet Lands in Budapest Due to Bomb Threat

A passenger plane heading to Egypt from Berlin landed in Budapest due to a bomb threat. Police is yet to provide details about the issue. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

BUDAPEST, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A passenger jet heading from Berlin to Hurghada in Egypt landed in Budapest on Monday due to a bomb threat, police said.

Hungarian police searched the plane and were unable to find any explosives on the flight, police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said. She added that the threat had been aimed at the airline operator but declined to name the company.

German airline Condor said it received an “unspecified threat” made via telephone, forcing it to divert a flight heading from Berlin to Egypt to land in Budapest. 

It said the plane, an Airbus A321, landed safely at 10.42 GMT in Budapest where it was undergoing inspection.

“Safety takes the highest priority,” Condor said in a statement, without providing further details of the threat. All 133 passengers and seven crew were safe and being cared for, it added.

According to website Flightradar24, flight DE490, an Airbus A321 jet, flying from Schoenefeld airport in Berlin to Hurghada turned back to Budapest from Serbian airspace.

News portal said it was a flight operated by German airline Condor. Condor was not immediately available for comment.

Air Berlin, which flies from Berlin Tegel airport to Hurghada, confirmed it was not one of their planes.

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