Ryanair Boeing 737 diverts to Berlin due to reported bomb threat

A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 made an emergency landing in Berlin, Germany, after a reported bomb threat on board.

The incident occurred on May 30, 2021, when the Ryanair Boeing 737-800, registered as EI-EMO, was performing a regular scheduled flight FR1901 from Dublin, Ireland, to Krakow, Poland. According to the Flighradar24.com data, the jet with 160 passengers on board took off from Dublin Airport (DUB) at 5.10 pm. (UTC) and was supposed to reach its final destination at Krakow Airport (KRK) a few hours later. After German authorities notified the flight crew of a potential security threat, the pilots decided to divert the jet to the nearest airport.

The Boeing 737-800 landed at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) Germany, at 8.45 pm. (UTC), where the local authorities initiated an aircraft security search. The local media reported that after the passengers fully disembarked the jet, the federal police officers searched the plane and travelers’ luggage along with sniffer dogs. 

However, no suspicious items were found.

“The Ryanair plane that made an emergency landing reported an air emergency and was therefore immediately given a landing permit at BER, “Jan-Peter Haack, a BER airport spokesman told a local outlet.

After an unexpected delay, the flight was resumed onwards to Krakow via a spare Ryanair jet.

The incident happened just a week after another Ryanair flight (in)famously landed in Minsk, Belarus, due to a false bomb threat.  On May 23, 2021, Ryanair’s Boeing 737, registered as SP-RSM, was operating flight FR4978 from Athens (ATH), Greece, to Vilnius (VNO), Lithuania. The jet was hailed by Belarusian air traffic control, claiming a bomb was planted in the aircraft.

After the flight was forced to land in Minsk (MSQ) under the escort of an armed Belarusian MiG-29 fighter jet, two passengers identified as opposition journalist Roman Protasevich and his partner Sofia Sapega were arrested by the KGB, the Belarusian security services.

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