Ryanair-flight-to-Manchester-evacuated-before-takeoff-in-Norway-after-security-alert. OSTFOLD, Norway, A Ryanair flight from Norway to Manchester was evacuated before takeoff after “suspicious” behavior by two passengers later determined to be a hoax, police in Ostfold said.
Rygge airport operations leader Anders Stromsather said two “foreign nationals” were arguing in a toilet and the word “bomb” was heard aboard Ryanair flight FR3225.
Ryanair said the evacuation was delayed because of a “hoax security alert” and that the flight departed around midnight.
News reports quoting a police official say one of the arrested men was British and the other was from Sri Lanka.
Norway police have confirmed a bomb squad from the capital Oslo was on its way to Rygge to continue the investigation.
Earlier Sunday, a soccer match between Manchester United and Bournemouth was postponed. Greater Manchester police described the device as “incredibly lifelike.”
In 31 years, Ryanair has grown from a small airline into one of Europe’s largest carriers, connecting 200 destinations in 32 countries with a fleet 350 Boeing 737 aircraft based.
By Allen Cone