United Airlines flight diverted to Ireland due to 'security concern'

12 June, 2018, 16:00 | Author: Eric Barnett
  • Chicago-bound flight from Rome diverted due to ‘potential security concern’	 	 	 			Alex Wong  Getty Images

The message referred to a bomb on the plane, a source with knowledge of the investigation told Reuters.

The airline had said on Monday: "United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern".

Irish police said United Airlines flight 971 landed at the Shannon Airport there "following a discovery of a message".

United Airlines has confirmed the diversion was due to a "potential security concern".

"We will work to get customers on their way to Chicago as quickly as possible", the statement went on to say.


The 214 passengers and crew members disembarked the plane and were taken into the terminal along with their luggage to undergo a security screening.

"After assessing the situation our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport", it said.

It's believed that there had been a handwritten note claiming there was a bomb on board discovered in the toilet. Handwriting on the note was reportedly being analysed to see if it matched with similar threatening notes found on other airplanes, according to Reuters. According to reports, the threat was found inscribed in the bathroom of the plane.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now canceled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

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