LONDON – Earlier today, it was revealed that the suspicious passenger onboard EK209 was no longer of interest to Greek authorities following the return back to Athens last night.
As per @FlightEmergency on Twitter, it was revealed that after the ongoing inquiry was completed, they did not find the person or anything suspicious onboard the flight.
Emirates said the following to AviationSource on the incident:
“Emirates can confirm flight EK210 from Athens to Dubai on 10 November returned to stand before take-off, and flight EK209 from Athens to Newark on 10 November also made an unscheduled return to Athens due to security checks requested by the authorities.”
“Passengers on flight EK209 have been rebooked to travel on 11 November and provided overnight accommodation. Emirates apologizes for the inconvenience caused.”
The Flight Itself…
Data from RadarBox.com shows that EK209 began to enter a hold over Italy when the event took place, with @FlightEmergency reporting that France & Italy refused the diversion, forcing its return to Athens.
EK209 departed Athens at 1732 local time tonight before landing back at its origin point at 2157 local time.
A6-EQC was the Boeing 777-300ER involved in the return back to Athens. At the time of writing, the aircraft has only just left Athens and is headed back to Dubai as UAE36K.
The Chaos That Ensued…
Below, you can see individual videos from Twitter about the chaos that ensued once the aircraft landed back in Athens:
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