On Wednesday, Air Mauritius flight MK 943 left
Melbourne Tullamarine airport at 13:35 (local Melbourne time) with
181 passengers and 13 crew members on board.
Shortly after takeoff, the captain was informed
of a suspicious item on board, and in accordance with safety
procedures, he took the decision to return to Melbourne. The
aircraft landed safely at 14:55 (local time).
In a statement issued by Victoria Police, the
item was described as a "soft drink can with the word BOMB written
All passengers disembarked and were transferred
to the airport terminal under the supervision of the Australian
authorities. Arrangements were then made for the transfer of all
passengers to an airport lounge where they could rest and were
Once police clearance was obtained, arrangements
were made to accommodate passengers overnight at hotels in
The flight will now operate today (24 May 2012)
as MK 3943, leaving Melbourne at 11:30 and reaching Mauritius at
16:55 (local time).
Australian authorities are carrying out
further investigations in Melbourne.
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