Bomb threat forces Russian jet to land

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Yakovlev Yak-42

A Yakovlev Yak-42 passenger plane flying the route from Moscow to Grozny was forced to make an emergency diversion to Volgograd due to an anonymous call about a bomb threat.

The aircraft departed Moscow at about 4:14 PM local time, laden with 73 passengers. RIA Novosti reports that a spokesman from the Russian Federal Air Transport Agency said that several minutes into the flight the crew received a call which stated the plane experience detonation at any minute. Based on this information the crew decided to divert to Volgograd

Airport officials have declined to comment on the situation and as of the last report disposal experts were searching the plane for bombs.