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Aer Lingus Flight Evacuated in Ireland

ROBERT BARR / AP | August 25 2006

An Aer Lingus flight from New York with 239 passengers aboard was evacuated in Ireland Friday following a threat against the aircraft, airport authorities said.

Aer Lingus Flight 112 was evacuated during a scheduled stop at 2:50 a.m. EDT at Shannon airport in western Ireland, said airport spokesman Eugene Pratt. The plane was en route to Dublin.

The threat "came to a police station in Dublin, and referred to some explosives aboard that specific flight," Pratt said. No trace of explosives was found in the initial search.

Pratt said security officials decided to remove all baggage from the flight to be screened again.

The Dublin-bound passengers were all being accommodated on another flight, Pratt said.

"It wasn't an emergency landing. It wasn't a red alert. The flight was coming here anyway," Pratt said. The aircraft was parked at a remote stand as a precaution, he said.

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