UK police: 5 from diverted plane claim asylum

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Associated Press

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 6:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 16 at 6:34 AM

LONDON (AP) — Scottish authorities say that five passengers from an EgyptAir flight that was diverted to Britain over an apparent threat to destroy the aircraft are now seeking asylum in Britain.

New York-bound Flight 985 was forced to make an emergency landing in Scotland on Saturday after a threatening note was found in the plane's lavatory.

British Typhoon fighter jets escorted the plane to Glasgow's Prestwick Airport, where the flight was met by a heavy police presence, but no arrests were made and the flight was eventually cleared to carry on its journey to the U.S.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said that five people out of the flight's roughly 300 passengers were now claiming asylum.

She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying office rules forbade her from identifying herself publicly.

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