TWO MEN have been held on suspicion of making threats to blow up an aircraft after a flight from Krakow to Dublin was forced to divert to Stansted Airport on Monday evening.
It's understood that a note was found in one of the toilets of the plane, claiming that there was a bomb on board, at which point the flight decided to abort its intended journey to the Irish capital and land early.
The passengers were quickly evacuated once the flight touched down, and the plane was extensively searched, but authorities found nothing suspicious on board.
Essex Police confirmed that two men, aged 47 and 26 are in custody following the incident.
"A flight from Krakow to Dublin was diverted to Stansted Airport at around 6.40pm on Monday July 13 due to reports of a security alert," a police spokesperson said.
"Following investigations on the plane, we have been able to establish there is nothing suspicious on board.
"The aircraft has been handed back to Stansted Airport and the operator.
"Two men - aged 47 and 26 - have been arrested on suspicion of making threats to endanger an aircraft and are currently in custody.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding of everyone involved."
A Ryanair spokesperson said in a statement last night: "The captain followed procedure by alerting the UK authorities and diverted to the nearest airport (Stansted) where the plane landed normally, but was taxied to a remote stand where passengers disembarked safely."