A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane travelling from London Heathrow Airport to Stockholm has been forced to make an emergency landing at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg after a bomb threat. A forensic team is searching the aircraft for explosives.
The plane was parked at a "designated spot at Landvetter" away from the airport building. British racecar driver Tom Onslow-Cole was on board the flight and posted a message on Twitter that read: "Soooo, it was a bomb threat/scare. We are all safe and off the plane, big shout out to the pilot and crew sor keeping their cool! #SK1530."
According to Swedish news outlets, departing flights have resumed while arrivals are still on hold as the police operation continues. "We have been told by Landvetter that departing flights are running again. Arrivals are still on hold. We're awaiting police instructions," said Ulf Wallin, a press officer for Swedavia, the group that operates the airport.
SAS has said the captain will debrief passengers, the crew and police on the incident. Cathrine Sandegren, an SAS spokeswoman said: "It's so that they will get as much information as possible and have their questions answered so that they can feel safe."
IBTimes UK contacted the airport but it could not immediately confirm details of the incident.
According to Swedish media, jets were temporarily banned from taking off or landing soon after the incident. "The plane landed at 9.57am and is standing at a designated spot at Landvetter now," air control officer Lars Nilsson informed TT newswire.
Police spokesman Stefan Gustafsson confirmed the aircraft had landed at the west coast airport, which registers around six million passengers a year. "The bomb threat was called in to air traffic controllers while the plane was in the air," he confirmed, without disclosing further details.
He added that all passengers and staff are likely to be questioned by authorities. Gustafsson said: "They were on board when the threat came in and I'm sure there's reason to investigate if there are any connections."