AN easyJet flight from Gatwick Aiport was grounded in Turkey on Saturday after a potential bomb threat.
Passengers who had boarded the flight at Dalaman Airport to fly to the UK were reportedly asked to disembark while security searched the plane.
The plane had left Gatwick Airport at 6.20am on Saturday and arrived in Turkey at 12.24pm.
Twitter user @ScooterSurrey posted a video showing the planed parked in an isolated area of the runway filmed from inside the airport.
The accompanying caption referred to “5 hours of delay from a bomb threat on the plane”
He had earlier posted a picture from inside the aircraft captioned: “So been [told it’s] for security reasons but still sitting on the plane.”
Another video of the plane on the runway was captioned: “So no word of what’s happening by #easyJet plane stuck in middle of the runway and we are stuck in #Turkey.”
The plane’s return flight to Gatwick was eventually cancelled and has now been rescheduled for 11am tomorrow local time.
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EasyJet told Daily Star Online: “Unfortunately the flight has been delayed due to the additional security checks.
“As a result our crew exceeded their legal operating hours and the flight was delayed overnight.
“Passengers at the terminal were provided with regular updates, refreshments and hotel accommodation.”
Asked for details of the incident, a spokesperson for easyJet said: “easyJet can confirm that police boarded an aircraft prior to departure at Dalaman today at the request of Dalaman Airport security and additional security checks were undertaken.
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“The safety and security of its passengers and crew is always easyJet’s highest priority.
We would like to thank passengers for their understanding.”
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