Flight Headed to JFK from Egypt Diverted After Threatening Note Found

Egyptair flight 985 from Cairo to New York landed at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport Saturday afternoon

Saturday, Jun 15, 2013  |  Updated 4:29 PM PDT
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JFK-Bound Flight Diverted After Threatening Note Found

Carol Gable

The plane was surrounded by airport personnel after landing in Scotland.

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British fighter jets escorted a flight bound for New York from Cairo, Egypt, to an emergency landing in Scotland after a passenger found a threatening note on board, according to officials.

EgyptAir flight 985 from Cairo to New York landed at Glasgow's Prestwick Airport Saturday afternoon, a spokesman for the airport said.

Police in Glasgow said there were no reports of any injuries and officers made arrangements for the 326 passengers to disembark.

The local police force said all passengers would be interviewed by police.

EgyptAir said in a statement early Saturday evening that all baggage would also be checked.

Airline staff told NBC News the diversion was caused by the discovery of a note, written in English, that was found in a bathroom and posed a threat to the aircraft.

The BBC said one of its producers, Nada Tawfik, had discovered the note, written in pencil on a napkin, with the words "I'll set this plane on fire." She said that after discovering the note by the lavatory sink, she alerted cabin crew, who then locked the toilet.

Carol Gable, a producer for Dateline NBC who was on the flight, said the airplane crew told passengers they were making an emergency landing because of a technical problem.

"We descended fairly quickly and made a smooth landing and then, as we got on the ground, we realized police were surrounding the airplane," Gable said Saturday night while police were still interviewing passengers.

Gable said she realized they were not landing because of a technical problem when she snipers on either side of the plane.

EgyptAir chairman Tawfiq Assi said the flight hopefully will resume its journey to New York following inspections.

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