Volotea aircraft at the A Coruña airport. / EP

Airport emergency plan activated after bomb threat on board a flight in Spain

The 105 passengers and six crew were safely disembarked from the plane, and the aircraft was parked away from others at the A Coruña airport while Guardia Civil officers searched it


Spain’s A Coruña airport activated its emergency plan due to a bomb threat onboard a Volotea flight from Bilbao this Friday morning (19 November). The airline itself confirmed the possible presence of an explosive device on an Airbus 319 in which 105 people and six crew members were travelling.

Shortly after leaving Bilbao, an anonymous call was received by the 112 emergency services warning that there was a bomb on board and then both airports and the pilot of the flight were alerted.

The plane landed safely in A Coruña at 7.25 am, and the passengers and crew safely disembarked the aircraft, that was parked in a remote part of the airfield.

Firefighters, ambulance services were deployed and the Guardia Civil searched the interior of the aircraft. Nothing suspicious was found and authorities allowed the luggage to be unloaded from the plane for the passengers waiting in the airport.

A Coruña airport is operating normally, although there were some delays to other flights.

Bilbao airport has not been affected by the incident.

Police are now investigating the source of hoax telephone call.