The Canadian Press
Halifax: 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” received after both planes had taken off.
The airline said it requested the landings of both aircraft as a precautionary measure and to “conduct all necessary security checks.”
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 was operational.
The RCMP said all 262 passengers and crew were safely removed from the aircraft and that officers are looking to “establish the origin of the threat and identify the person or persons responsible.”
“We received a complaint of a bomb threat and we responded to it,” said RCMP Const. Mark Skinner in Halifax.
The second flight was also bound for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris from Los Angeles and landed safety in Salt Lake City.
The airline said authorities in both cities were carrying out “complete inspections of the aircraft, the passengers and their luggage.”
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.