Passenger plane lands in Sweden after bomb threat

A plane carrying 273 people bound from Canada for Pakistan has landed at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport because of a bomb threat on board, an airport spokesman said today.

Arlanda airport spokesman Anders Bredfall said the plane was on its way from Toronto to Karachi, Pakistan, when the pilot requested permission to land in Stockholm.

He said the plane landed safely at Arlanda and remains on the landing strip as police head to the scene.

The pilot decided to land the Boeing 777 after Canadian police received a tip that a passenger on board was carrying explosives, Stockholm police spokeswoman Sussie Illum said.

The plane landed safely at Arlanda airport and was parked at the end of the landing strip as police prepared to remove the passenger.

“We are not evacuating the plane,” Ms Illum said. “We are going in to apprehend this person.”

The airport remained open to air traffic.

In Pakistan, a spokesman for state-run Pakistan International Airlines confirmed the incident involved flight PK782 to Karachi.

“The plane has landed at the Stockholm airport due to security reasons”, airline spokesman Sultan Hassan said.

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