A Moscow-bound EgyptAir flight took off Wednesday after aa threatening message onboard was proven as fake, authorities said.
Notably, the passenger flight heading from the Egyptian capital Cairo to Moscow has returned back to the airport due to an anonymous threatening letter found on board, Egypt Air said in a statement.
Later today, EgyptAir said a security inspection determined that there was no threat to the flight. It said another aircraft was being prepared to fly passengers to their destination.
All flights between Moscow and Cairo were suspended for 2 1/2 years after the local affiliate of the Islamic State group downed a plane over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in October 2015, shortly after the aircraft took off from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.
The flights between the two capitals were resumed in April 2018 after Egypt beefed up security at Cairo’s international airport. But Russia only allowed resumption of flights between its territory and Sinai’s Red Sea resorts in August, after a nearly six-year hiatus.