Ryanair’s flight from Ireland to Poland made an emergency landing in Germany on Sunday as a potential threat on the plane, the airline confirmed to Fox News.
The flight crew from Dublin to Krakow was notified by German authorities about “A potential security threat on the plane”, according to Ryanair, before “the captain takes steps and redirects to the nearest airport, Berlin”.
The airline’s statement did not confirm the exact nature of the threat.Poland’s RMF 24 outlet reported a false positive about the bombing.
Sunday’s incident comes a week after another Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus by officials accused of bombing a fake bomb threat to arrest a passenger who was a reporter for the country̵7;s anti-authoritarian regime. There was no clear connection between the two events. The German government is one of many that strongly criticizes the Belarusian government’s tactics run by Putin’s president and alliance Alexander Lukashenko.
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On Sunday’s incident, Ryanair said: “The planes landed safely and the passengers were handled to facilitate checks on the safety of all passengers and their luggage.”
“Once the German authorities had cleared it, passengers traveled to Krakow on Ryanair’s backup aircraft after about eight hours of delay on the ground,” added Ryanair. This unavoidable delay that is beyond the control of the airline “
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The airline also said passengers on a return flight scheduled from Krakow to Dublin had flown on a spare plane and delayed “less than 15 minutes”.
Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.