An Air France passenger plane travelling from Mauritius to Paris with 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board has been forced to land at Mombasa following the discovery of a suspected bomb in a toilet.
The Boeing 777 had left Mauritius at 21.00 last night (Saturday 20 December) when a passenger noticed a suspicious device in the toilet. They informed the crew who requested an emergency landing at Moi International Airport, where they touched down at 00.37 this morning.
We were told there's a technical hitch & we had to land immediately at Mombasa Airport.~Air France Plane Passengers pic.twitter.com/bjZBweXdm8
— InooroKe (@inooroke) December 20, 2015
On arrival at the Kenyan airport, which was closed during the incident, passengers and crew were evacuated. The suspect device was removed and is now being investigated by bomb experts from DCI (Directorate of Criminal Investigations) and the Navy who are dismantling the item to determine whether it contained any explosives.
“It requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory.” – Charles Owino, Kenyan Police spokesman