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AIR FRANCE FLIGHT DIVERTS TO IRELAND AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A MYSTERIOUS MOBILE PHONE ON BOARD

AIR FRANCE FLIGHT DIVERTS TO IRELAND AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A MYSTERIOUS MOBILE PHONE ON BOARD



AIR FRANCE FLIGHT DIVERTS TO IRELAND AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A MYSTERIOUS MOBILE PHONE ON BOARD

AIR FRANCE FLIGHT DIVERTS TO IRELAND AFTER THE DISCOVERY OF A MYSTERIOUS MOBILE PHONE ON BOARD



An Air France flight was diverted from Paris to Chicago in Ireland after the discovery of a mysterious mobile phone on the plane that did not belong to any passenger.

The flight, AF136, was scheduled to journey from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport on Oct. 20. The diversion was a precautionary decision, Ulrike Gendrot-Haubold, an Air France spokesperson, told USA TODAY in a statement.

The flight landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland, where the phone was handed over to the authorities. The fire service and police at the airport were provided as a precaution, according to airport spokesman Nandy O'Sullivan.

The flight then moved to Chicago and landed there at 20:26 p.m.

"Air France states that all customers and crew members are subject to a security screening inspection before being allowed to board a flight and that flight safety is its main priority," Gendrot-Haubold added in the statement.

A diversion to land at an alternate airport is often erroneously described as an emergency landing; there is no emergency, but there is a change in plans.

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