Turkish Airlines plane makes emergency landing

A Turkish Airlines (THY) plane flying from Istanbul to San Francisco had to make an emergency landing in Warsaw after what a Polish television channel reported as a suspicious package was found on board, Associated Press reported.

The San Francisco-bound Boeing 777-300 landed at the main international airport in the Polish capital at 3:50 p.m. on July 30 after an unclaimed mobile phone was found in the cabin, according to several media reports.

The THY press office said the scheduled plane with the flight number TK-79 took off from Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport at 1:30 p.m. local time and the pilot contacted Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport’s air traffic control to get landing permission.

The passengers were taken inside the terminal building while the plane was being checked and readied to fly on.

The plane made a safe landing at the airport and the flight was given permission to fly after being checked, Frederic Chopin Airport spokesman Przemyslaw Przybylski told the Associated Press.

Przybylski said the Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300 made an unplanned landing at the Frederic Chopin airport while flying from Istanbul to the U.S. city of San Francisco with 332 people aboard and that the passengers were evacuated before the arrival of airport services, including explosives experts, to inspect the aircraft.

“The checks are completed, the plane is safe and can fly on, after refueling,” he added.


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