Air France Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Mombasa; Bomb Suspected on Board

The Boeing 777 was traveling from Mauritius to France

An Air France flight from Mauritius to Paris has been forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspect package was found on board.

The pilots of the Boeing 777 requested to land at Moi International Airport in Mombasa after the package was discovered in the toilet.

Air France says investigators are working to confirm whether the package found on Flight 463 contained explosives.

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The Boeing 777 was heading to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris from Mauritius when its pilots requested an emergency landing at 12:37 a.m. Sunday in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

The airport was safely evacuated and the item is now being examined by bomb experts, sale police spokesman Charles Owino said.

The plane was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members and had left Mauritius at 01:00 GMT, Mr Owino said.

A passenger on Air France Flight 463 says everything was calm and passengers thought there was simply a technical problem as their flight to Paris was being diverted to the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

“The plane just went down, slowly, slowly, slowly, so we just realized probably, something was wrong,” he said.

“But the personnel of Air France were just great, just wonderful. So they keep everybody calm and really quiet.”

He spoke to journalists in Mombasa after getting off the plane.



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