Ryanair flight to Poland diverted over ‘potential threat’

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A Ryanair flight was diverted after alerts of a "potential security threat" which grounded the plane early.

The Boeing 737 had set off from Ireland for Poland on Sunday but after crew on board were warned of a threat which affected the aircraft, it landed in Berlin.

German air traffic control contact the crew of the Dublin-Krakow flight which was diverted to the nearest airport, Ryanair for “extensive security checks”.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “The crew on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Krakow FR1901 yesterday (30 May) were notified by German ATC of a potential security threat on board.

“The captain followed procedures and diverted to the nearest airport, Berlin.

“The aircraft landed safely and passengers were offloaded to facilitate extensive security checks of passengers and all baggage."

Afer waiting for checks to be completed for around eight hours, passengers on the plane were escorted onto another vehicle to complete the final leg of the journey into Krakow.

The statement continued: “Once cleared by German authorities, passengers travelled onwards to Krakow on a spare Ryanair aircraft after a delay on the ground of approx. eight hrs.

“Return passengers from Krakow to Dublin travelled on a spare aircraft, with a delay of less than 15 mins."

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“Ryanair apologises sincerely to all affected passengers for this unavoidable delay, which was outside the airline’s control.”

According to news agency dpa, German federal police confirmed early on Monday morning that they had finished investigating the plane, but refused to disclose what led to the warning.

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