SriLankan flight diverted over bomb claim

Sept 22, 2013 (LBO) – State-run SriLankan Airlines said its flight to London’s Heathrow airport was diverted to Stansted after a passenger claimed that he had a parcel bomb. The passengers had been transferred by Heathrow by coach.

A British national had claimed that he had a bomb on board just as SriLankan’s UK503 was beginning its descent to Heathrow, triggering the diversion to Stansted, a less busy airport used by budget airlines.

The false alarm had been made by one of two passengers Sri Lankan immigration authorities had deported for staying longer in the island than they first said they would.

The Airbus A330 aircraft had carried 252 passengers including six infants and 17 crew.