EgyptAir jet makes emergency landing in Uzbekistan over bomb scare
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.
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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.