20:42 GMT21 September 2020
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    ATHENS (Sputnik) – A German Condor Airways passenger plane made an emergency landing at Chania airport on the Greek island of Crete over an alleged bomb threat on board, local media reported Thursday.

    The aircraft with over 270 passengers was en route from Egypt's Hurghada to Duesseldorf, according to Skai broadcaster.

    All passengers and 11 crew members safely left the plane after the landing. The reports of the bomb threat are being checked by the police.

    ​"The pilot asked the control tower at Chania airport after receiving information that suggested there were explosives on board," a police official in Crete told AFP.

    Local military officials say the Boeing 757 jet was escorted to Chania airport by two Greek air force F-16 fighters scrambled after the pilot reported the threat, and landed without incident late Thursday. The airport had been placed on a state of alert.

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