EgyptAir flight makes emergency landing in Uzbekistan due to false alarm

Ahmed Abbas
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EgyptAir flight MS955 en route from Cairo to Beijing made an emergency landing in Uzbekistan after receiving information of a possible explosive on board.The Airbus A330-200 carrying 118 passengers and 17 crew members landed at 8am local time at the Urgench International airport after requesting an emergency landing from the Uzbek aviation authorities, according to the Uzebk Airlines.

The aeroplane was evacuated and moved to a safe zone at the airport for further inspection.

EgyptAir said the threat was a false alarm and Uzbek authorities did not find anything suspicious on board.

The company received the alarm three hours after the aeroplane took off from Cairo International airport. According to the statement, the company called the pilot and asked him to land at the nearest airport.

The flight is now preparing to head to Beijing.

On 1 June EgyptAir received a false alarm suggesting that there was a bomb on board flight MS960 heading to Bangkok. The flight was postponed for three hours for inspections and then cancelled.

These false alarms come a month after EgyptAir flight MS804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in early May, claiming the lives of all 66 people onboard.

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Ahmed Abbas is a journalist at DNE’s politics section. He previously worked as Egypt based reporter for Correspondents.org, and interned as a broadcast journalist at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin. Abbas is a fellow of Salzburg Academy of Media and Global Change. He holds a Master’s Degree of Journalism and New Media from Jordan Media Institute. He was awarded by the ICFJ for best public service reporting in 2013, and by the German foreign office for best feature in 2014.
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