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Air France plane in bomb scare






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There was a bomb scare on an Air France flight. The plane was flying from Mauritius to Paris. A passenger found something strange-looking in a toilet. It was a kitchen timer, cardboard and paper. The passenger alerted the pilot and he made an emergency landing at a nearby airport in Kenya. Air France's CEO said the device was harmless and caused a "false alarm". He said someone put it in the toilet during the flight. The CEO said: "All the information available to us at the moment indicates that the object was not capable of creating an explosion or damaging a plane."

Some of the passengers flew on other flights to Paris. Police are questioning five others. The police told the Reuters news agency that: "[Some people]…have remained with us, until ongoing investigations are done." There were 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board. The crew told passengers that the plane was being diverted because of a technical problem. A passenger said: "The plane just went down, slowly…so we just realised probably something was wrong." He added: "The crew of Air France were just great, just wonderful. They kept everybody calm and really quiet."

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