Anonymous caller reporting bomb on board Vilnius-Moscow plane arrested

Lithuanian police have detained a man who anonymously reported a bomb planted on a plane bound for Moscow, a source with Vilnius emergency services told Interfax.

"Preliminary reports say that police have detained a man who had called the police and, without introducing himself, said that there was a bomb on board one of the four Vilnius-Moscow planes. This man is heavily drunk," the source said.

Another source with Moscow air traffic control services told Interfax that security services had found no bomb on board an Aeroflot plane that arrived at the Sheremetyevo airport from Vilnius.

"Law enforcement officers and dog experts inspected the plane. There is no explosive device there. The passengers are being let off the plane and the luggage is being unloaded," he added.

It was reported earlier that no bomb had been found on board a plane that arrived at the Vnukovo airport from Vilnius.

Transport police told Interfax that, after one of the planes that arrived at the Vnukovo airport from Vilnius was checked, the explosion threat was not confirmed. "The procedures aimed at finding explosives using special dogs at Vnukovo are over, and the information on an explosive device proved to be untrue," the Interior Ministry's transport department for the Central Federal District told Interfax.

Despite the inspections of the planes coming to Moscow from Vilnius, all Moscow airports are operating as usual, and no evacuation of passengers or personnel from the terminals was ordered.

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