Aeroflot confirms emergency landing in Iceland over bomb threat [updated]

Aeroflot-Russian Airlines confirms the emergency landing in Iceland of a jetliner en route from New York to Moscow, an airline representative told Interfax.

"While the plane was flying from New York to Moscow, an anonymous phone call was made claiming a bomb aboard. The captain decided to land urgently. The jetliner successfully touched down. The luggage and passengers are being examined," he said.

The incident was reported earlier by a source in the Moscow area's Air Traffic Control Service.

"It is Aeroflot's New York-Moscow flight. However, an unknown person told American law enforcement agencies that five suitcases filled with explosives were allegedly present onboard the plane and they would allegedly detonate upon arrival in Moscow. That is why a decision was made to interrupt the flight and land the airplane in Iceland," the source said.

The jetliner with 200 people aboard will continue its flight to Moscow at 11:15 p.m. Moscow time, the airline told Interfax.

The passengers will be provided with food and drinks while waiting for the departure, it said.

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