United flight diverted after bomb threat discovered on board

  • United flight diverted after bomb threat discovered on board

United flight diverted after bomb threat discovered on board

A United Airlines flight over the Atlantic has turned back and landed in Ireland because of what the airline called a "potential security concern".

A Chicago-bound United Airlines flight from Rome was diverted to Ireland because of a "potential security concern", the airline said Monday.

It's understood that the note was related to an apparent bomb threat.

There were reportedly more than 200 passengers and crew on board the plane.

Flight 971 was en route from Rome, Italy to Chicago, Illinois when it chose to divert to Shannon, Ireland around 1:44 pm local time on Monday.

The handwriting on the note was being analysed to see if it matched with any other such notes, which are periodically found on aircraft, one of the sources said.

"After assessing the situation our crew made the decision to divert to the nearest available airport", it said.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that no suspicious device was found, but that investigations are still underway.

"We will work to get customers on their way to Chicago as quickly as possible", the statement went on to say.

The airline said on Twitter that the flight was now canceled and would depart for Chicago on Tuesday.

Passengers are now being investigated with police taking writing samples from all those on board.