Pilot diverts plane to Germany over suspicious conversation

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An EasyJet flight from Slovenia to London made an unscheduled, emergency landing in Germany Saturday when the pilot became uneasy after hearing about a suspicious conversation between three male passengers.

The pilot landed the plane in Cologne, Germany at about 6:30 pm local time, and all 151 passengers were evacuated from the aircraft using the emergency slides.

The three men were reportedly overheard discussing “terrorist matters” and were detained by police, but have not yet been identified. Other passengers heard the men using the words “bomb” and “explosive” and notified the flight attendants.

The Guardian reported that a backpack belonging to one of the men was seized by police and “exploded” outside the aircraft, but no information has been given on its suspected contents. The Independent said the baggage was destroyed because it “couldn’t be assigned” to anyone on board.

All passengers were taken to a transit gate where they were screened and questioned by police, and the three suspects continued to be questioned by police late Saturday evening.

The passengers have been given a free hotel stay for the night.

The incident resulted in all take-offs and landings at the airport being suspended for three hours, and at least 10 flights being diverted to other airports.

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