Sunday, March 22, 2009

Suspicious device closes London airport

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 12:47:45 GMT

The photo shows an aircraft preparing to land at Gatwick Airport in southeast England.
The Gatwick Airport in London has been brought to a standstill after a passenger plane aroused the suspicion of pertinent officials.

Early in the morning on Sunday, all passengers and crew onboard a flight from Dubai were evacuated from Gatwick Airport and explosives experts took the matter into their own hands.

Airport spokeswoman Julie Ayres told CNN, "There was something on board that they were not happy about."

According to the police, the plane is now in a holding area.

Explosive experts are expected to announce later on whether or not the device is a threat and why it was on the UAE flight.

Gatwick was temporarily closed down as a safety precaution but reopened a short while ago, police have said.

There are a few flights slightly delayed but no major setbacks have been reported.

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