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Excel Flights Diverted To Brindisi

Old 18th Aug 2006, 14:22
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UK Aircraft diverting due bomb scare

Just heard on BBC Radio 5 Live - Excel a/c diverted to sthn Italian airfield.
Reported as a B767. Reported as a bomb threat.
Any other news?
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Excel Flights Diverted To Brindisi

Skynews has just reported that an Excel Airways aircraft has been diverted to Brindisi after a bomb threat. The aircraft has landed safely...............
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 14:33
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Was a B767 flying from Gatwick to Hurghada. All passengers are safe. Anti-terror squad onsite.
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 14:36
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Fighter jet escorted the aircraft on landing... Thx god everything is OK.....
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 14:43
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pax found note in seat pocket saying there was a bomb on aircraft
 
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BBC news also says landed at Brindisi. No confirmation of bomb on board though:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/5264112.stm
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...CNN, stateside version, are saying a note was found on board..

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Passengers successfully evacuated from the vicinity of the deadly note
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 15:01
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Well, the media spectacle (police chief: "mass murder on an unimaginable scale") we witnessed last week will now be the perfect foundation for just about any idiot making a bomb threat!

Well done Tony and George! More scared pax, more delays, more stupid rules and more terrorists/idiots seeing that their efforts are rewarded!

Let´s hear it for our holy Jihad on Terror! Hip hip, hooray!
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 15:11
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It's getting worse, CNN have gone into overdrive/ hyper speculation again....of course they have no one on the spot so CNN's Italian reporter is on the telephone from Rome and is repeating info from the Italian media and information (sorry "valuable insights" ) on Excel/ Brindisi seems to be being gleaned from the web.
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Not sure if this is the right thread & time to post a question but what is the procedure for the cabin crew and pax whilst the plane is flying in a situation like this? Would cabin crew try and keep it secret, if possible, or is everyone informed so they can try and deal with the situation there and then. I only ask as this could cause extreme panic on board I would assume?
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 15:15
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Note was written on a sick bag found in the seat pocket.

Maybe a previous pax has written the note.............

Looks like the extra security measures will be here for a looonnnnggg time
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FlightDeckDave - read this from BBC site...

"Matthew Masters, a passenger on the plane, said the pilot had announced about two hours into the flight that "there was a message that there may be a bomb on the plane".

Speaking to BBC News 24 from the terminal, Mr Masters said the reaction among passengers was "silence, a bit of uneasiness, just a bit of shock".


The pilot then told passengers that they would be landing within 15 minutes."


I'm not a professional pilot (yet) so can't comment on what procedures are in place, but I'd have thought it could have been worded a little more subtly...
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I hope that the dullard who wrote it was pissed,( therefore never thought they could be caught) and that the police trace back the pax in the seat over the last 7 days, and nail the stupid S**T and put him/her in prison for 5 years! Hopefully the media will give that FULL attention as breaking news instead of garbage about vaseline, maybe it will stop others from doing it.

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Agreed although its a difficult call. If they were landing in 15 minutes maybe they could have said 'we have a technical issue requiring us to land, there is no cause for concern'. The downside is you can assure that someone would subsequently sue the airline for telling them lies when they could have got a final call into loved ones before they might have died etc.
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Old 18th Aug 2006, 15:29
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It would be difficult to tell pax of technical issues as there were fighter jet escorting the aircraft.
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The yobbo who wrote the stupid note who thinks it is funny needs to be identified, and I am sure Excel will assist in tracing those sitting in the seat.

However, it could be anyone who put the note there, not just a seat occupant.

There will always be some who find this malicious behaviour funny...
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chances are the person finding said sick bag and reading the writing might have found it hard to keep the situation discrete, probably freaked..

Lets start banning pens from being carried aboard flights.
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Originally Posted by keepcool
It would be difficult to tell pax of technical issues as there were fighter jet escorting the aircraft.
Do they not formate astern, out of sight ?
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Originally Posted by WHBM
Do they not formate astern, out of sight ?
Having recently seen a picture of an escort plane taken from the flight deck, I would say, "No, they're right there in plain view of everyone who chooses to raise the window shade and look outside." A little tough to explain that away as a technical issue.
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just inquiring, is it a legal obligation to tell passengers if an aircraft is in trouble?
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