EgyptAir jet makes emergency landing in Uzbekistan over bomb scare

© Mohamed Abd El Ghany
A EgyptAir plane en route from Cairo to Beijing has landed in Uzbekistan due to a bomb threat.

The plane made an emergency landing three hours following the departure from Cairo, after the authorities received an anonymous tip-off about explosives on board.

The Uzbekistan Airways said the plane was searched by security services.

There were 118 passengers and 17 crew members on board, all of whom were evacuated.

Later, the EgyptAir statement said the bomb threat turned out to be a hoax.

"The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank God," an official also told Reuters.

It comes less than a month after Egyptair flight MS804 disappeared over the sea on its way from Paris to Cairo. Investigation into that crash is still ongoing, but a terrorist act is being discussed as one of the theories behind the tragedy.