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Correction: A previous version of this story said the flight was heading to Ankara based on information provided by Halifax airport. The flight was in fact headed to Istanbul; the story below has been updated to reflect that.
A plane headed to Turkey from New York was diverted to Nova Scotia over a bomb scare on Saturday.
The Turkish Airlines plane with 256 people on board landed safely in Halifax just before 1 a.m. local time (12 a.m. ET), the airport said.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said the plane — en route from New York City to Istanbul — was diverted due to "allegations of a bomb." The Halifax Fire Department added it was notified of "a possible bomb scare."
A search of the aircraft and luggage did not turn up any explosive device, police said later, adding that the plane was scheduled to continue on to Istanbul later Sunday.
Authorities and airlines have been on alert since the terror attacks in Paris and the crash of a Russian Metrojet passenger plane in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. The terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, and claimed a bomb took down the plane.
Late Tuesday, phoned-in bomb threats against two Air France flights heading from the U.S. to Paris prompted both planes to be diverted to nearby airports and checked. There were no explosives found on either plane