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No bomb found after threat stops jet in Ireland

DUBLIN -- A Delta Air Lines jet traveling from Germany to the United States made an emergency landing in Ireland yesterday because of a bomb threat, but a search of the plane turned up nothing.

Flight 27 from Frankfurt to Atlanta landed at Shannon airport in western Ireland after the crew discovered a note in a toilet suggesting there could be a bomb aboard the plane, said Siobhan Moore, spokeswoman for airport operating company Aer Rianta.

Delta said the plane landed about 7:45 a.m. EST, three hours after takeoff from Frankfurt. Hours later, investigators finished a search of the plane and determined that no bombs were aboard, said Martin Casey of the Irish police.

They had waited for the jet's scheduled landing time of about 2 p.m. EST to pass before beginning their search.

Moore said police questioned the 147 passengers at the airport before they were taken to hotels for the night.

The Boeing 767-300 was parked away from the airport terminal after it landed, Moore said. Passengers were allowed to claim their bags after the scheduled landing time passed, Moore said.

Delta said the passengers would be flown out of Shannon today on Flight 9606, arriving in Atlanta at 4:50 p.m. EST.

In April, a United Airlines flight from London to New York City made an emergency landing at Shannon after a crew member found a note with a bomb threat in a seat-back pocket.

Police searched the plane and questioned passengers but found nothing suspicious.

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