Paris-Rome Air France Flight Diverted by Bomb Threat

A bomb alert prompted the pilot of a Paris-Rome flight to divert to Lyon in southeast France on Thursday, and police searched the plane after passengers and crew disembarked, French authorities said.

Authorities in Lyon said the search did not turn up anything suspicious, adding the bomb alert had been received in Rome.

Air France would not say what triggered the alert or whether there were any arrests after the Airbus A320 jet landed, referring such questions to French police and Italian authorities.

Rome-bound flight AF1504 took off from Paris' main airport, Roissy-Charles de Gaulle, shortly after 10 a.m. (0900 GMT) and it landed in Lyon, in southeast France, some 90 minutes later, an Air France spokesman said. According to company policy, he would not be quoted by name.

"An alert was given to the captain and the captain took the decision to land at Lyon," where the 126 passengers and 6 crew members disembarked, he said.

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