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In the United Kingdom, a flight was turned back due to a report of suspicious material

In the United Kingdom, a flight was turned back due to a report of suspicious material

A confusing statement. On Tuesday afternoon, a Belfast (Northern Ireland) bound flight was grounded at Birmingham Airport (Central England). Police said the suspicious substance on board was the subject of a complaint that was ultimately unfounded.

“We are currently at Birmingham Airport following the discovery of a suspicious object on a flight to Belfast,” West Midlands Police said on X (formerly Twitter).

“The flight diverted shortly after take-off and landed in Birmingham at 4pm (3pm), insisting there was no risk to the public, and the airport reopened two hours later.

Many flights are delayed

“All passengers and crew were evacuated safely and our special officers, including the dog unit, searched the plane,” police added, adding that the incident was now being treated as a bona fide false alarm, and the object was “not suspicious”. . According to the airport website, several flights were delayed.

For its part, Irish airline Aer Lingus indicated that the “undisclosed” substance found on the Birmingham-Belfast flight EI3647 “did not pose a security risk” and that it was working to 'accommodate' affected passengers.

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