A Turkish Airlines flight from New York has been diverted to Canada after a bomb threat, police have said, Sky News reports. The plane landed safely at Halifax airport and police were searching it using dogs trained in explosives, the Nova Scotia branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Twitter.
The police force tweeted: “Investigation into bomb threat is in its early stages. Threat was received at 10.50pm this evening. “#RCMP will not be commenting on the details of the bomb threat. This will form part of the investigation. “#RCMP is looking to establish the origin of the threat and identify the person or persons responsible.”
Separately, Halifax airport tweeted that the transfer of the 256 passengers and crew on the flight to the terminal was going smoothly and all were safe. The airport tweeted that the flight was bound for the Turkish capital of Ankara, while the RCMP had initially tweeted that it was headed to Istanbul.
Turkish Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for comment and Halifax airport officials could not immediately be reached to clarify. On 17 October, Air France Flight 55 from Dulles International Airport outside Washington was diverted to Halifax after an anonymous bomb threat was phoned in after the plane had taken off.
The FBI said authorities had investigated and found no credible threat, while the RCMP said investigators found no evidence of an explosive device. That threat came after the Paris attacks that killed 130 people and heightened security concerns worldwide.