LONDON – Earlier this morning, an Aeroflot flight suffered a bomb threat in Seychelles, causing Victoria Airport to cease operations temporarily.
It is understood that the flight affected was Aeroflot flight SU244, which departed Moscow yesterday at 2332 local time.
RA-73782 was the 11-year-old Airbus A330-343E that operated the flight, which is 11 years old at the time of writing.
According to local media in Seychelles, there were 19 crew members and 246 passengers onboard the flight itself.
Aeroflot flight SU244 landed in Seychelles at 0600 local time this morning, where the evacuation of passengers began after arrival.
The Commissioner of Police in the country, Ted Barbe, said the following on the bomb threat:
“There was a bomb wired on the plane. So far, we have not been able to identify the address or the person behind the email.”
“When this was done, all necessary units went onboard and did the necessary to search the plane.[…] After that, the plane was towed to bay number two.”
“So far, the search team has not found anything that indicates that there is a bomb on the plane”.
Minimal Disruption Caused By the Aeroflot Bomb Threat…
General Manager for Safety and Security Regulations at the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority, David Labrosse, mentioned that this Aeroflot bomb threat didn’t cause as much disruption:
“The only planes affected were Air Seychelles going to Jo’burg and Turkish Airlines, which we had to divert because the search was not completed on the plane when it was scheduled to land.”
“This is a normal procedure to ensure that the safety of the passengers and the crew are taken as priority number one”.
“Some domestic flights were able to leave, but for international flights, before we reopen, we had to be sure that nothing has been found during the search that would have aggravated the situation.”
Current Status of Aeroflot’s Moscow-Seychelles Route…
It is understood that this service has been restored successfully following the bomb threat on the Aeroflot flight.
At the time of writing, the return flight, Aeroflot flight SU245, departed Mahe Island in Seychelles and is due to arrive back in Moscow at 2010 local time.
For now, all eyes will be on the authorities to determine where this bomb threat came from and what the motivations behind it were.
This is a developing story.