New York to Moscow flight lands in Iceland after phoned-in bomb threat

MOSCOW (CBS/AP) - An Aeroflot plane carrying 256 people from New York to Moscow made an unscheduled landing early Thursday in Iceland after a bomb threat was phoned in to the airline, an airline official tells the Reuters news agency.

"There was an anonymous call saying that there was an explosive device on the plane, which was already in the air," spokesman Irina Dannenberg told Reuters. "The pilot took the decision to land the plane and it landed safely. A search is being conducted."

The plane, an Airbus A330, landed at Iceland's Keflavik international airport Thursday, where baggage and passengers were being inspected.

The airport, which occupies the former U.S. Naval base, is a 45 minute drive from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. CBS News partner RUV in Iceland reports that other traffic was continuing as normal at the airport.

According to RUV, the regional police force in charge of security at Keflavik confirmed that the Aeroflot jet was being searched, but provided no further details.


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