Air France makes emergency landing in Mombasa after bomb scare


Air France plane makes an emergency landing at Moi International Airport, Mombasa. Photo/Elkana Jacob.

Air France from Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing at Mombasa International Airport Sunday morning following a bomb scare.

The inspector general of police Joseph Boinnet said the pilots requested an emergency landing when a device suspected to be an explosive was discovered in the lavatory.

“A passenger noticed a suspicious device in the lavatory and informed the crew who informed the captain. They requested Moi International airport Mombasa towers for emergency landing and were authorized and landed safely at 0037 hours,” Boinnet said in his twitter handle.

The flight 463 was heading to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris when the pilots requested an emergency landing at the Moi International Airport at 12.37 am.

It had 459 passengers and 14 crew members on board and had left Mauritius at 9pm.

Boinnet said bomb experts from Kenya navy and district criminal investigation officer retrieved the device and taken it for dismantling to determine whether the components contains explosives.