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5 aboard diverted Egyptair flight seek asylum in Britain

- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 16, 2013

A jet heading to New York from Cairo was diverted to Scotland on Saturday after a female passenger found a note reading, "This flight will be on fire," in one of the plane's restrooms.

Scottish police said Sunday that five passengers aboard the flight are now seeking asylum in Britain, the Associated Press reported.

British Typhoon fighter jets escorted the Egyptair flight to Glasgow Prestwick Airport, where the 310 passengers deplaned and the aircraft was searched, Reuters reported.

No arrests were made, and the flight eventually was cleared to continue to the U.S.

Speaking from Cairo, Egyptair CEO Tawfeek Asi identified the five passengers as Syrians, the AP reported.

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