No explosives found on German plane grounded in Budapest

No explosives found on German plane grounded in Budapest

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Police said they found no explosives on a German passenger plane after it diverted to Budapest on Monday following a bomb threat.

The jet operated by Condor airlines , heading from Berlin to Hurghada in Egypt, had turned back from Serbian airspace after the alert.

"Police have finished the search & have not found any explosives or explosive devices," Hungarian police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said.

German airline Condor said it had received an "unspecified threat" made via telephone.

The incident came a month after the downing of a Russian airliner, moreover an Airbus A321, over Egypt on Oct. 31, for which a group affiliated with Islamic State claimed responsibility.

The Kremlin has since concluded a bomb destroyed the plane, killing 224 people.

(Reporting by Budapest newsroom, additional reporting by Victoria Bryan & Paul Carrel in Berlin, Editing by Catherine Evans & Angus MacSwan)

Source: “Reuters”