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Danish low-cost airline Sterling reports hoax bomb threat

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Wednesday November 15, 2006

Copenhagen- A bomb threat, later proved to be a hoax, forced Danish-based low-cost carrier Sterling to evacuate passengers from a plane due to leave Amsterdam for Oslo, Norway, an airline spokeswoman said Wednesday. After a two-hour delay, the plane left Amsterdam at 11:27 a.m. (1027 GMT), spokeswoman Maj-Britt Vittrup said.

The threat was placed to the carrier's call centre in Norway. The anonymous caller alleged that a person on the plane was going to blow up a device in mid-air.

The call was made before the plane left Amsterdam and the 47 passengers were evacuated while the Boeing 737-700 underwent a security check, she said.

Four passengers however opted not to fly from Amsterdam, Vittrup added.

It was not immediately clear where the call was placed from.

Last summer another Sterling plane bound from Rome to Oslo was the target of a similar hoax.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency