According to the local government, a Jazeera Airlines passenger plane made an emergency landing in Turkey’s Trabzon province airport on Thursday following a bomb alert.
Turkish security personnel has evacuated the passenger plane, which took off from Kuwait and was heading for Trabzon on the Black Sea coast of northeastern Turkey, according to Governor Ismail Ustaoglu.
The Airbus A320 type aircraft, with flight number CZR-314, evacuated 51 passengers and six crew members, and their luggage was still being inspected, he added.
The bomb alarm was sent to Kuwait Airlines headquarters, and they sent a warning to all of their planes in the air, including the one flying to Trabzon, the governor added, underlining that the alert did not only cover the jet that landed in Turkey.
Jazeera Airways issued the following statement to the press:
“Earlier today Jazeera Airways received a communication indicating a potential security situation. This communication was evaluated and deemed to be not credible. However, with an abundance of caution, Jazeera has engaged with the authorities in Kuwait and around our network to safeguard the protection of our passengers and crew, and all flights have been provided with additional screening measures as a precaution.
Jazeera’s security team is closely monitoring the situation. The airline apologies for any delays that passengers might have experienced during this time.”