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Flight Resumes After Bomb Threat

January 20, 2002

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) _ Investigators found no explosives aboard a passenger jet that landed in Iceland after a bomb threat and concluded the message scrawled on a bathroom mirror was a hoax, police said Sunday.

The pilot cut short the Virgin Atlantic Airways flight from London to Florida and landed the Boeing 747 at Keflavik Airport Saturday after the crew found the threat and anti-American messages written with soap.

No explosives were found, said Jonas Jonasson, police section leader in Keflavik, 30 miles southwest of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. He said investigators determined the threat was a hoax.

Jonasson said questioning of the 322 passengers and 18 crew failed to turn up any information on the source of the threat, and that all passengers were continuing on to Orlando, Fla., where U.S. authorities would question them further.

The plane left Keflavik for Orlando on Sunday afternoon, Iceland’s Civil Aviation Authority said.

A spokesman for Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ben Hall, said Saturday that the pilot had regarded the situation as a low-level security threat, but decided to divert the plane as a precaution. Hall said the airline would take legal action against the hoaxer if he or she was identified.

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