Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

United Airlines flight diverted to Ireland due to 'security concern'

United Airlines flight diverted to Ireland due to 'security concern'

A United Airlines flight over the Atlantic has turned back and landed in Ireland because of what the airline called a "potential security concern".

A transatlantic flight has been diverted to Shannon Airport in Ireland, after what is understood to be a bomb threat was found inside the plane. The Boeing 767-300 jet was about 200 kilometres west of Co Clare when the crew turned around. Additional units of the fire service from Ennis were also mobilised to a holding point adjacent to the M18 motorway.

The 214 passengers and crew members disembarked the plane and were taken into the terminal along with their luggage to undergo a security screening.

The passengers of flight UA971 were in the process of being searched, he said in an emailed statement.

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A message suggesting there was a bomb on board was found scribbled on a surface in one of the jet's toilets.

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United said in a statement that the landing was due to "a potential security concern" but declined to comment further.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now canceled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

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