OSLO | The Norwegian police has arrested a British 51-year-old suspected of having triggered a bomb scare in mid-flight Friday aboard a plane from Ryanair from London to Oslo, she announced.
The aircraft of the company’s low-cost irish landed safely in the middle of the day at the international airport of Gardermoen, about fifty kilometres north-east of the Norwegian capital.
The 142 passengers were all evacuated. No injuries were reported.
“The police have things under control and arrested a man, 51 years of age, suspected to be the origin of the threats. The man is a british citizen,” said a senior police officer, Olav Unnestad, in a press release.
“We have launched an investigation and we’ll hear the man as quickly as possible,” he added.
According to the Norwegian media, the threat was in the form of a written note found aboard the plane, which has triggered a warning approximately 40 minutes before landing.
According to the specialized site Flightradar24, the aircraft is a Boeing 737 which had taken off from the airport london Stansted in the early morning.
The incident resulted in the deployment to Gardermoen large police forces, including an elite team of intervention and bomb disposal experts who have undertaken the inspection of the airplane.
It was escorted by fighter F16 danes that have crossed the sound barrier to reach them in the air, said the Danish ministry of Defence on Twitter.
On Tuesday, another device from Ryanair connecting Kraków to Dublin was forced to ask in London after the discovery in the toilets of a note claiming he had explosives on board. The british police had arrested two men.