A suspicious package was found in the toilet …
It could be a bomb. A plane of Air France, from Mauritius to the airport Roissy Charles de Gaulle in Paris, had to land in the night from Saturday to Sunday in Mombasa, Kenya, after the discovery of a suspicious package on board, said the Kenyan police. According to Le Parisien, the airport authorities have confirmed that the object was a bomb.
Flight AF 463, with 459 people on board and 14 crew members, left Mauritius at 9pm local time and would arrive in Paris at 5.50 am. The plane landed at Moi International Airport Mombasa on Kenya’s east coast, at 0:37am local time. “He requested an emergency landing after a suspected device to be a bomb was discovered in the toilet. An emergency landing was made, he safely landed and passengers were evacuated, “said Charles Owino, a police spokesman.
“There was a very big noise in the plane. I looked at my screen and I saw that the aircraft was spinning. There was some noise, bump. Then, at some point, the plane shook a lot, “said one of the passengers to Europe 1.” Experts in explosives of the Navy and the Department of Criminal Investigation Police (CID) were called , took this device and dismounted to see if it contained explosives, “he added. The Kenyan Minister of Interior Joseph Nkaissery said late morning that police questioned several passengers of the flight, without being able to specify the exact number.
“The investigation is still ongoing, but what I can confirm for now is that the investigators questioned several passengers on the craft that was found on board (the flight) Air France” has he told the press.
The minister declined to comment on the nature of the craft in question. “This is an international business and we are also talking to the island of Mauritius authorities to see if there was a passenger search before they board,” he added. The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the crisis and Support Centre and the Embassy of France in Nairobi had been mobilized “in connection with Air France and the Kenyan authorities to provide accommodation and return soon tonight at Paris passengers and crew. ”
Contacted, Air France said “retser in contact with the Kenyan authorities” and to “make every effort to ensure the diversion of its customers.” A device must be sent to Mombasa to ensure their return to Paris “end of day” on Sunday, the airline said in a statement.
On his Twitter account, the Kenyan Ministry of Interior has released images of the passengers of the flight evacuated at the Hotel Continental. The Minister Joseph Nkaissery visited them and had lunch with them.
The plane, which has long remained on the runway, was moved in the late morning, while traffic had resumed normally at the airport.