ISTANBUL (AFP) - A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Istanbul to Brazil made an emergency landing in Morocco on Monday after a bomb threat, the company said.
However a search on the Boeing 777-300ER plane bound for Sao Paulo from Istanbul found the warning was false and the plane is being allowed to continue on its route, it added.
The flight was “diverted to Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport,” the company said in a statement.
“The necessary investigation onboard has now terminated and it has become clear that the notice in question was untrue.” The state-run Anatolia news agency said that a written note warning of a bomb had been found in one of the plane’s toilets.
It was found by cabin crew who alerted the pilot who decided to ask for permission to land at the nearest possible airport.
Turkish Airlines said the plane would now continue its journey to Sao Paulo.
“Our passengers will be retaken onboard and the flight will continue to Sao Paolo after the termination of cleaning and refuelling processes and after the provision of necessary permissions,” it said.