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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Two PIA flights receive bomb threats‎

Istanbul :Two Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights received bomb threats on Wednesday, one of them made emergency landing in Istanbul, while a second one landed safely in Malaysia.

Reports said the bomb alert forced a Britain-bound plane of the PIA to make emergency landing at the International Ataturk Airport of Istanbul, a Turkish television says.

The HaberTurk television, citing unnamed aviation officials, said the plane received the threat while it was over Bulgaria, west of Turkey, and flew back toward Istanbul to land at the International Ataturk Airport.

It says the boeing PK-709 took off from Islamabad and was heading to Manchester, England. Some 378 passengers were on the plane.

The crew were reportedly made aware of the threat while flying over Bulgaria. They called the control tower at Istanbul to request permission for an emergency landing.

Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency said the plane was taken to a remote part of the airport, where the passengers were quickly evacuated.

Sniffer dogs were sent in to check for explosives. The aviation personnel of the International Ataturk Airport called bomb disposal squad which thoroughly searched the plane.

PIA spokesman said a second PIA flight from Islamabad to Kuala Lumpur, PK-898, also received a bomb threat. It landed in Kuala Lumpur and all 176 passengers disembarked safely.

Mashood Tajwar said the threat was received via two separate emails to PIA cargo office.

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