EgyptAir flight bound for JFK diverted to Scotland because of threatening letter

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jun 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-15 19:01:29-04

QUEENS, NEW YORK (PIX11)– More than 300 passengers were on the EgyptAir 985 flight bound for New York City from Cairo.

According to Reuters, a passenger was in the bathroom when she noticed a napkin in the toilet with a note written in English that said, “This Flight Will Be on Fire.”

No one was injured but the threat was serious enough for the pilot to ground the plane as soon as possible.  That is why the flight diverted to Scotland.  British fighter jets reportedly escorted the plane to the Glasgow airport.   No word on whether any explosives have been found on the plane yet.

At JFK, family members told PIX 11 News that the flight was supposed to get in by 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Ibrahim Basyouny said his entire family is on the flight, “My wife, mother, four daughters are on a plane for the first time.  I’m so worried. I just want them here so I can hug them.”

At last check with his family, Basyouny said they were stuck in Scotland, having to stay overnight at a hotel and wouldn’t get to New York until Sunday afternoon at the earliest.