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United flight makes emergency landing in Ireland after 'bomb threat' was found on board

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A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing over security concerns from a possible bomb threat.

A United flight was forced to make an emergency landing over security concerns from a possible bomb threat.  (iStock)

A United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago made an emergency landing in Shannon, Ireland, Monday due to a suspected security threat.

Flight UA-971 landed at Shannon Airport around 1:42 p.m. local time and was met by police and fire crew on the ground, Independent.ie reported.

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The 214 passengers and crew members disembarked the plane and were taken into the terminal along with their luggage to undergo a security screening.

A spokesperson for Garda, the local police force, told Independent.ie that the flight was diverted to Shannon, in midwest Ireland, following “the discovery of a note relating to a bomb threat on board.”

According to Independent.ie, there was a message written on a surface in the aircraft’s lavatory suggesting the presence of an explosive.

A United spokesperson confirmed the events, releasing the following statement: “United flight UA971 en route to Chicago from Rome, diverted to Shannon following a potential security concern. Additional security screenings will be performed on all customers and baggage, and we will work to get customers on their way to Chicago as quickly as possible.”

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The aircraft is scheduled to depart June 12 at 3 p.m., according to Independent.ie.

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle.

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