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easyJet statement: “easyJet can confirm that flight EZY3246 from Ljubljana to London Stansted diverted to Cologne on Saturday.
An easyJet flight bound for London made an unscheduled landing in Cologne following reports that three men on board were having a conversation with “terrorist content”.
‘Terrorist content’“According to the witnesses, these had been the subject of terrorist content,” Cologne police said in a statement.
The easyJet pilot made the decision to land the plane after passengers made crew aware of the men and a “suspicious conversation on board,” said Cologne-Bonn airport.
easyJet said they would be able to continue their journey to London on Sunday morning.
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“The safety of easyJet passengers and crew is our highest priority,” the company said in a statement.
The remaining passengers had departed on another easyJet plane for London earlier on Sunday.
Bild newspaper said passengers told airline personnel they had heard the men using words including “bomb” and “explosive”, and said one carried a suspicious backpack.
BERLIN/COLOGNE German authorities on Sunday released without charge three British men detained in Germany late on Saturday after their conversations on board an easyJet flight from Slovenia to London prompted the pilot to divert to Cologne.
Seventeen other passengers and the easyJet crew were questioned about the incident at Cologne police headquarters, police said in a statement.
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easyJet emergency landing: ‘Suspicious conversation’ causes diversion and evacuation of UK-bound flight
At around 10pm, the easyJet operations centre told passengers: “We’re very sorry that your flight has now been delayed overnight.
The Airbus A319 with 151 passengers on board took off from the Slovenian capital shortly before 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
A planeful of easyJet passengers are expected to arrive back at Stansted airport around 19 hours late after a security scare on board their flight from Ljubljana.
The captain of flight EZY3246 decided to make an immediate diversion to Cologne-Bonn airport in Germany, and passengers were evacuated down emergency slides.
But the crew were told of a “suspicious conversation” between three men on board which was said to include “terrorist content”.