HALIFAX (NEWS 1130) – Two Air France flights bound for Paris were diverted to airports in Halifax and Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday night due to what the airline said were “anonymous threats” that were received after both planes had taken off.
The airline said it requested the landings of both aircraft as a precautionary measure to “conduct all necessary security checks.”
Both the RCMP and FBI said early Wednesday that nothing suspicious had been detected on either aircraft.
A spokesman at Halifax Stanfield International Airport said the Washington-to-Paris Boeing 777 landed without incident at 10:15 p.m. AT and that the airport remained operational.
The RCMP said all 262 passengers and crew were safely removed from the aircraft.
Const. Mark Skinner said dogs searched the aircraft and had not “found anything that is a threat.” He said the plane had been turned over to the airport.
The second Air France flight, which had departed from Los Angeles, was also bound for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, and had landed safety in Salt Lake City.
The FBI said in a statement that authorities found no credible threat. Salt Lake airport spokeswoman Bianca Shreeve said passengers in the Utah airport were boarding their plane again around 1:30 a.m. ET.
There were no reported injuries among the passengers and crew of either flight.
The threats came after last week’s attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and heightened security concerns around the world.