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Flydubai flight diverted to Turkey over security alert

A flydubai flight travelling from Warsaw to Dubai reportedly made an emergency landing in Ankara, Turkey on Thursday due to a security threat, according to local reports.

It was later confirmed that the threat was a hoax.

According to reports by Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah “after the 161 passengers and bags were removed from the plane, a careful examination of the plane was carried out by a specialised team.”

“flydubai flight FZ 1830 from Warsaw International airport (WAW) to Dubai International (DXB) on 24 November has diverted to Ankara International Airport (ESB) as a precautionary measure following claims of a security threat,” a flydubai spokesperson told Arabian Business.

“The aircraft safely landed at 03:17 local time and was met with the local authorities. Our highly trained crew followed standard operating procedures and the aircraft was cleared for departure at 06:47 local time. We apologise to our passengers for any inconvenience caused to their travel plans,” the spokesperson said adding that “the safety and security of our passengers and crew are our number one priority.”