Passengers on a flight from Manchester to the Czech Republic were evacuated and held at a Prague airport after a ‘threatening note’ on the bathroom door prompted an emergency response.
Police swooped on the Jet2 plane following a ‘potential bomb threat’ earlier this evening, airport officials have confirmed.
As soon as the plane touched down the aircraft was evacuated and passengers on-board were quizzed.
The captain spoke to holidaymakers upon landing and explained that a ‘threatening note’ had been found on the aircraft, according to one passenger.
The aircraft was grounded for around four hours as an extensive search of the plane was carried out.
One passenger, who is currently stuck at Prague Airport along with hundreds of others, told the M.E.N that police and firefighters are at the scene.
Beth Parkinson was travelling to Prague with her partner Paul when the drama unfolded after the plane landed in the Czech Republic.
The 26-year-old says passengers have been held at a terminal gate for around four hours while police interview them and search through their baggage.
The Jet2 flight LS887 left Manchester Airport this afternoon arriving in Prague at around 6.30pm local time.
Beth says a single toilet cubicle at the front of the plane was locked around 30 minutes before touchdown.
“We were just told the flush was broken and we should use the toilets at the back of the plane,” she said.
“Everything seemed normal during the flight.
“As soon as we landed the captain said someone had left a threatening note in a toilet and we were not to move and had to leave everything on the plane.
“It was a lot calmer than I would have thought actually. Everyone was looking around but it was quite orderly.
“We got off the plane in about 10 minutes but then we were waiting on a bus to the terminal for around. We’ve been waiting inside the airport for about four hours since then. They’ve given us water, tea and biscuits but nobody from Jet2 is here.
“We don’t know what the threat was. And we haven’t been told anything.
“At the the minute we’re just waiting to collect our bags. They’ve taken all the luggage off the plane and the police have interviewed us one by one while we queue.”
In a tweet, officials from Prague Airport confirmed that the disruption is due to a potential bomb threat.
They wrote: “Hello, @PolicieCZ checked the aircraft because of potential bomb threat. At the moment all cabin baggage need to be checked, estimated time is after 10 pm. Please contact handling employees on site for further information. Thank you.”
They later added: "Update: All checks are finished with negative results. The flight back to Manchester will be operated by backup aircraft around midnight. Departing PAX should contact their handling agents in the gate for additional info."
The M.E.N has contacted Jet2 for comment
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