Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London evacuated

 23 May 2017 - 12:31

Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London evacuated

AP / Agencies

DUBAI: Virgin Atlantic says a flight from Dubai to London has been evacuated over a security threat.

Virgin said in a statement Tuesday that passengers onboard Flight No. VS401 at Dubai International Airport "have temporarily disembarked the aircraft for additional security checks."

'We were just moving and then the captain called his flight crew immediately and they all ran up the front,' a passenger told Daily Mail.

'Ten minutes later we were told to get off. The captain just came out and said Virgin take the safety of passengers very seriously - following the events in Manchester, Virgin had received a bomb threat so as precaution they have asked everyone to leave the plane,' Daily Mail reported.

Virgin says that "this is purely as a precautionary measure as the safety of our customers and crew is our No. 1 priority and we're planning to have everyone on their way as quickly as possible."

It called the threat "non-credible," without elaborating. Dubai airport officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The security incident comes after an explosion struck a concert Monday night in Manchester, England, killing 22 people among a panicked crowd of young concertgoers.

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