Delta B763 near Dublin on Apr 16th 2012, suspicious item

Last Update: April 16, 2012 / 21:40:08 GMT/Zulu time

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Apr 16, 2012

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 767-300, registration N189DN performing flight DL-73 from Istanbul (Turkey) to New York JFK,NY (USA) with 208 passengers and 11 crew, was enroute near Dublin when the crew reported an unidentified item in a lavatory raising security concerns and requested to divert to Dublin to drop the item off and have security have a look at the aircraft. The crew requested priority. The aircraft entered a holding pattern to descend for the approach and landed safely on Dublin's runway 10 about 20 minutes after the decision to divert. Police entered the aircraft and identified the suspicious item as a mobile phone with a faulty charger requiring its own "home made" wiring that had been connected to the shaver outlet in the lavatory and that was taped entangled in its wiring. After an announcement the owner of the device identified himself. Police released the aircraft to continue the flight. The aircraft was able to continue the flight after about 3 hours on the ground and is estimated to reach New York with a delay of 4 hours. The airline confirmed the aircraft diverted due to a possible security situation.
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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Apr 16, 2012

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Boeing 767-300

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