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Air France flight makes emergency landing after passenger finds "fake bomb" snuck onto flight

Air France flight makes emergency landing after passenger finds "fake bomb" snuck onto flight

By Peter Holley for The Washington Post

An Air France flight traveling from Mauritius to Paris was forced to make an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious device was found on board, according to news reports, but the CEO of Air France later said the object was a fake bomb.

Bomb experts from the Kenyan navy were called in to search the Boeing 777, which had 473 people aboard, and landed safely at 12:37 a.m. at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, according to the Kenyan Daily Nation. The plane was scheduled to land at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris at 5:50 a.m.

A few hours later, Air France CEO Frédéric Gagey said the device was a fake bomb, according to the Associated Press.

“This object did not contain explosives,” he said.

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