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Bomb threat on the plane. A fighter jet escorts vacationers in Spain

On the way to Menorca, the passengers of the Easyjet car were surprised when suddenly a fighter jet appeared next to them. The incident had a serious background.

An Easyjet plane was forced to land by Spanish fighter jets on Sunday (symbolic image). © photo alliance/dpa

Due to a bomb threat, an Easyjet passenger plane from London was escorted by a fighter jet while approaching the Spanish resort island of Menorca. The incident occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Cadena Ser radio station and other Spanish media reported Monday, citing the responsible police unit, the Guardia Civil. The authorities confirmed this information on request.

The bomb threat turned out to be false, it said.

According to reports, the Airbus A319 landed on Sunday under strict security measures but without any problems at Mahon Airport in Menorca. An 18-year-old Briton was arrested as a suspect, reports the “Diario de Mallorca” newspaper and other Balearic media, citing the authorities. It is said that he published the bomb threat from the plane of the English airline on the Internet.

Additional details about the detainee were not known beforehand. The young man is due to appear before a judge on Monday. Spreading a fake bomb threat in Spain is punishable by three months to one year in prison.


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