(NEW YORK) — A passenger jet flying from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Moscow was diverted to Iceland on Thursday because a caller reportedly told the NYPD there was a bomb on board.
A total of 256 people were on board the Russian Aeroflot plane when an anonymous caller told New York City police that there was a bomb on the flight, airline spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg told Russian media outlets.
Authorities in New York confirmed to ABC News that the plane was diverted because of “technical issues.”
No bomb was found on board the plane, which remains in good condition, according to Russian news agency Interfax. Interfax also reported that passengers are waiting for a new crew to arrive. The crew on board the plane diverted to Iceland is reportedly being sent home to Moscow, as crews on the airline work according to set timetables.
The Airbus A330 took off from New York on Wednesday. Prior to diverting to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, at one point, the pilot considered turning the flight back to New York. However, the pilot then decided to go on, only to divert to Iceland.
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