LONDON – Fighter jets escorted a commercial plane carrying 172 people to an airport in Scotland on Wednesday after a passenger passed the captain a note saying there was a bomb on board, and the plane landed safely, authorities said.
Ryanair Flight FR25, a Boeing 737 en route from Paris to Dublin, Ireland, was escorted to Glasgow's Prestwick Airport, which was closed for about two hours while army explosives experts searched the plane. No bomb was found, Strathclyde police said.
The 167 passengers and five crew were safely escorted off the plane and questioned at the airport, police said.
Flight FR25 was escorted to Prestwick by three Royal Air Force jets, one of which was already in the air for a training exercise. Two others were dispatched, the Defense Ministry said.
A passenger handed a note written on a page of a magazine to the pilot, which claimed a bomb had been hidden beneath a seat, Strathclyde Assistant Chief Constable John Neilson told a news conference.
Following the discovery of the note, the pilot alerted aviation authorities, said Florence Legrin, a spokeswoman for France's civil aviation authority.
Neilson said police were working to establish if the passenger had written the note or innocently discovered it.
No arrests have been made, he said.