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False Bomb Threat Against Georgian Flight Forces Landing In Bucharest

Air travelers at the Bucharest international airport.

Romanian authorities say a Wizz Air flight from Georgia to Poland was forced to make an emergency landing in Bucharest because of a bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm.

The Airbus A320 traveling from Kutaisi in Georgia to Warsaw, the Polish capital, landed safely after it was diverted to Romania on the afternoon of October 25.

Henri Coanda International Airport spokesman Valentin Iordache said that the plane's 173 passengers immediately evacuated and the plane was taken to an isolated spot on the runway where authorities searched the plane and scanned the luggage.

The plane took off for Warsaw five hours later, after Romanian authorities completed their search.

Iordache said a woman made the bomb threat in a telephone call to Georgia's Kutaisi International Airport. Wizz Air is a Budapest-based low-cost airline which mainly operates in Europe.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters