Ryanair flight to Poland rerouted to Berlin due to “potential security threat”


A Ryanair flight from Ireland to Poland made an emergency landing in Germany on Sunday due to a possible threat to the plane, the airline confirmed to Fox News.

The crew of the Dublin-Krakow flight were told by German authorities of “a potential threat to safety on board”, according to Ryanair, before “the captain followed procedures and turned to the closest airport. near, Berlin “.

The airline’s statement did not confirm the exact nature of the threat. Polish media RMF 24 reported that it was a false bomb threat.

Sunday’s incident comes a week after another Ryanair flight was forced to land in Belarus by authorities who allegedly issued a false bomb threat to arrest a passenger who was an opposition journalist to the authoritarian regime of the country. There is no apparent link between the two incidents. The German government has been one of many to harshly criticize the tactics of the Belarusian government, led by President and Putin ally, Alexander Lukashenko.

Bergamo, Italy - March 18, 2016: Ryanair B737 taxiing for departure at Bergamo-Orio al Serio international airport.  A Ryanair flight from Dublin, Ireland to Krakow, Poland on Sunday was diverted to Berlin, Germany due to a "potential threat to safety on board." Ryanair is the largest low cost airline in Europe in terms of scheduled passengers carried.

Bergamo, Italy – March 18, 2016: Ryanair B737 taxiing for departure at Bergamo-Orio al Serio international airport. A Ryanair flight from Dublin, Ireland to Krakow, Poland was diverted to Berlin, Germany on Sunday due to a “potential threat to onboard safety.” Ryanair is the largest low cost airline in Europe in terms of scheduled passengers carried.

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Of Sunday’s most recent incident, Ryanair said: “The plane has landed safely and passengers have been unloaded to facilitate extensive security checks of passengers and all baggage.”

“Once cleared by German authorities, passengers flew to Krakow on a spare Ryanair aircraft after a ground delay of around 8 hours,” Ryanair added. “Ryanair sincerely apologizes to all affected passengers for this inevitable delay, which was beyond the control of the airline.”

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The airline also said passengers on a round-trip flight from Krakow to Dublin were carried in a spare plane and were delayed “by less than 15 minutes”.

Frank Miles of Fox News contributed to this report.

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