BERLIN, June 11 Three male passengers were
detained on Saturday evening in Cologne, Germany after their
easyJet flight from Ljubljana, Slovenia to London made
an unscheduled landing there, Cologne police said in a
The aircraft landed in Cologne after passengers reported
that the men were talking about "terrorist matters," according
to the statement. The men were not identified.
Police carried out security checks of the aircraft and
questioned passengers after all 151 passengers were evacuated
safely from the Airbus 319 aircraft using emergency slides, the
airport said in a statement on its website.
Six aircraft were diverted to other airports as a result of
the police investigation, the airport said. It said air traffic
was affected for several hours as a result of the incident.
Federal police seized a backpack that belonged to one of the
men, and exploded it outside of the aircraft, police said. They
gave no information on the contents of the backpack and said
officials continued to investigate the backpack.
The men continued to be questioned late Saturday evening.
Other passengers were also being questioned, police said.
Bild newspaper quoted a spokesman for the German federal
police as saying the pilot decided to land the aircraft in
Cologne after passengers told airline personnel they had heard
the men using words including "bomb" and "explosive".
No comment was immediately available from federal police.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Mary Milliken)