updated 1/28/2011 3:08:12 PM ET 2011-01-28T20:08:12

Greek authorities say an Egypt Air passenger jet made an unscheduled landing in Athens Friday after a note with a possible bomb threat was found aboard.

Officials say all 251 passengers safely evacuated from the plane, which was flying from London's Gatwick Airport to Cairo. Police are checking the plane for explosives.

The pilot requested to land at Athens shortly before 9 p.m. (1900 GMT) Friday, after a piece of paper containing the word "bomb" was found in the plane, authorities said.

Widespread anti-government protests and rioting engulfed the Egyptian capital on Friday, and the country's military was deployed on the streets.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Video: Engel: Mubarak regime restores cellphone service

Discuss:

Discussion comments

,

Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments