A RYANAIR flight was diverted after alerts of a “potential security threat” – forcing the plane to ground early.
The Boeing 737 had set off from Ireland to Poland yesterday but was forced to land in Berlin following warnings of a threat affecting the aircraft.
German air traffic control contacted the crew during the flight from Dublin to Krakow, and diverted the plane to the nearest airport for “extensive security checks”.
A Ryanair spokesman said: “The crew on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Krakow FR1901 yesterday (30 May) were notified by German ATC of a potential security threat on board.
“The captain followed procedures and diverted to the nearest airport, Berlin.
“The aircraft landed safely and passengers were offloaded to facilitate extensive security checks of passengers and all baggage.”
After eight hours of checks, passengers on the aircraft were escorted to another vehicle to complete the final leg of the journey.
A Ryanair spokesperson added: “Return passengers from Krakow to Dublin travelled on a spare aircraft, with a delay of less than 15 mins.
“Ryanair apologises sincerely to all affected passengers for this unavoidable delay, which was outside the airline’s control.”