Bomb threat diverts Norwegian flight

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UPDATED: A Norwegian Air flight from Copenhagen to Oslo made an emergency landing in Gøteborg, Sweden on Friday afternoon, after “a person on board said he had placed a bomb in the baggage compartment,” a spokesman for the Swedish police told newspaper Aftonbladet.

There were 94 passengers and six crew members on board the Norwegian Boeing 737 that took off from Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport bound for Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen. Instead it landed at Landvetter in Gøteborg (Gothenburg) at 4:30pm and all passengers were evacuated.

Police spokesman Bjor Blixter later told newspaper Expressen that they hadn’t found any bomb as of 5:30pm. Aftonbladet reported that police arrested a person on board the flight who was taken off the aircraft in handcuffs.

A Norwegian Air spokesman said the aircraft was being thoroughly searched and passengers had been taken to safety. “The most important thing is that the plane landed safely,” Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Police set up a security zone of a 1,000 meters around the flight and bomb crews were called in. One passenger said it sounded like the man who claimed he’d put a bomb on the aircraft spoke a language that sounded like Russian.

The incident halted traffic in and out of Gøteborg but flights resumed around 6:30pm.

newsinenglish.no staff