Grounded Cairo-Istanbul flight 735 takes off after bomb threat deemed false alarm

Zeinab El-Gundy , Thursday 28 Jan 2016

The EgyptAir flight was grounded after a tip was made claiming there was a bomb on the flight

Cairo International airport
In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 file photo, planes are seen parked at the Cairo International airport in Egypt (AP)

The chief of Ahram's bureau at the Cairo International Airport told Airport Ahram Online that the EgyptAir-Istanbul flight 735 took off towards its destination after security officials confirmed that an earlier bomb threat tip was unfounded.

In statement issued Thursday afternoon, EgyptAir announced that flight 735, scheduled to take off at 13:55, was grounded minutes before scheduled take off at 13:55 after a communications officer at one of the European embassies in Cairo received an email claiming there was a bomb on the flight.

The plane was taken to the emergency runway for inspection and passengers were escorted off.

A security source at Egypt's Ministry of Interior told Ahram Arabic website that no bomb was found on the flight.

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