LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Russia’s Aeroflot Flight Number 103 to Moscow was diverted to Iceland after a bomb threat. Aeroflot Flight Number 103 departed New York’s Kennedy Airport Wednesday night August 15, 2012 shortly after 9:23 pm EST. The flight was originally set to depart two hours earlier, but Aeroflot Russian International Airlines delayed departure because of New York area storms.
Shortly after take-off, Aeroflot received an anonymous call that there was a bomb on board. Officials quickly diverted the plane. The Airbus A330 carrying two-hundred fifty-six passengers was diverted swiftly to Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Upon landing in Iceland, all passengers were reportedly safe. Iris Marelsdottir of Iceland’s Civil Protection Agency tells news that the passengers are being treated by Red Cross at the airport.
Aeroflot spokeswoman Irina Dannenberg reportedly told news that the call was made out of New York. The caller purportedly contacted the airline ninety minutes after the plane’s take-off. No further details about the caller have yet to be confirmed to news. The current location of the passengers remains unknown.