Emirates Boeing 777 Diverts To Athens Over Terror Risk

On tenth November, an Emirates Boeing 777 was pressured to divert to Athens over claims of a suspicious passenger on board from the Central Intelligence Company (CIA) in the USA.

The Boeing 777-300ER with registration A6-EQC was performing flight EK209 from Athens to Newark. The flight departed from Athens as scheduled and it was flying over Sardinia when the plane entered an prolonged holding sample. Emirates operates a each day fifth freedom flight between Newark and Dubai, with stops in Athens in each instructions.

After holding for round half-hour over Sardinia, the plane began to return to Greece and landed safely in Athens over 4.5 hours after departure. Because the plane arrived nearer to Greece, it was reportedly escorted by two Hellenic Air Power F-16 fighter jets. Nevertheless, the 777 took an uncommon route flying completely over water fairly than land – a large detour from its normal route.

Based on native media, Italy and France didn’t allow the touchdown of the plane. This could be the explanation behind the bizarre returning route as effectively. Often, it’s uncommon for an plane to keep away from flying over land in a major detour.

Based on passengers on board, after they arrived again in Athens, solely those that boarded the flight at Athens had been allowed to disembark whereas these connecting from Dubai remained onboard. Some stories advised that the suspicious menace posing passenger might have been within the cargo maintain of the plane.

Flight From Athens to Dubai Delayed

Flight EK209 wasn’t the one flight affected by the suspicious menace. One other Emirates flight, EK210 sure for Dubai from Athens was additionally delayed by a number of hours. The Dubai-bound 777 had already began to taxi to the runway. Nevertheless, it was requested to return to the gate and passengers had been requested to disembark the plane. Each flights had been totally searched, however the police didn’t discover the individual nor something suspicious.

“Emirates can affirm flight EK210 from Athens to Dubai on 10 November returned to face earlier than take-off, and flight EK209 from Athens to Newark on 10 November additionally made an unscheduled return to Athens, on account of safety checks requested by the authorities.”

Emirates spokesperson

“Passengers on flight EK209 have been rebooked to journey on 11 November and offered in a single day lodging. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience prompted,” an Emirates spokesperson added.

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