Easyjet flight from Slovenia to London was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany and evacuate passengers using chutes after passengers reported a conversation among three (MUSLIM?) men having “terrorist content,” police said.
UK Express The incident happened mid-flight, when passengers allegedly overheard the three (Muslim?) men having a “suspicious conversation” discussing terrorism-related issues, using the words “bomb” and “explosive.” They immediately alerted the crew.
All 151 passengers on the flight from Ljubljana, in Slovenia, were evacuated down emergency chutes after the pilot took the decision to make an unscheduled landing at Cologne-Bonn airport, in Germany, at around 5pm on Saturday.
Three (Muslim?) men – aged 31, 38 and 48 – were arrested after every passenger was made to leave the plane and undergo a security check. One of the (Muslim?) men had a book with the word “kill” and a picture of a sniper rifle on it. The older (Muslim?) man’s bag contained wires, but a police spokesman said they turned out to be part of a charging device.
A rucksack belonging to one of the men was destroyed in a controlled explosion. Police said the bag did not contain an explosive device.
The flight from Slovenia was diverted on Saturday night after anxious passengers told crew members the three (Muslim?) men had spoken of a “bomb” and “explosive.” One of them is believed to have had a book featuring a sniper’s rifle on the front cover.
A spokesman for Cologne-Bonn airport said yesterday: “The pilot had been informed about a suspicious conversation on board, after which he decided to make an unscheduled landing in Cologne-Bonn. After safely landing, the 151 passengers left the aircraft via emergency slides and were taken to a transit gate.”
Police said they were investigating a suspicion that the (Muslim?) men were preparing to carry out “a serious violent crime.” The emergency led to 20 flights being delayed and 17 diverted to other airports. Two were cancelled.