Plane evacuated in Geneva after bomb threat


Geneva—An Aeroflot passenger plane was evacuated at Geneva airport in Switzerland on Thursday and a Russian man was arrested after saying there was a bomb on board, the Geneva prosecutor’s office said.
The man told an airline ticket desk just before 1:00 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) that there was a bomb on a plane at the airport, it said in a statement.
“The aircraft, already preparing for take-off on the tarmac, was recalled to its stand. The passengers were taken off, nobody was hurt,” it said.
“The man who initiated the threat has been detained by police. An investigation is underway.”
An Aeroflot statement said it was Aeroflot flight 2381 from Geneva to Moscow and its passengers would be transferred to other aircraft for the journey.
The prosecutor’s spokesman said there were 115 people on board, but he did not specify if that included flight crew. The statement said a police bomb disposal team was checking the aircraft, which according to an airport spokesman was still standing empty on the tarmac.—Agencies