Emirates fifth Freedom Newark Flights Returns To Athens With Suspicious Passenger Stories

An Emirates flight from Athens to New York was grounded on Thursday night after Greek authorities had been tipped off a few potential safety risk, in response to native media. The several-hour-long ordeal was concluded to be a false alarm shortly after touchdown, although not earlier than catching the eye of social media.

Incident particulars

EK209, one among Emirates’ post-pandemic ‘fifth-freedom flights’ between Athens Worldwide Airport (ATH) and Newark Liberty Worldwide Airport (EWR), was ordered to land two hours into its journey after Greek and US authorities raised issues a few “suspicious passenger.”


The flight took off from Athens at round 17:30 native time and was flying over Italy when it obtained a grounding order, citing a required safety test. Greek authorities haven’t launched the precise particulars of the request.

France and Italy are reported to have barred the jet from touchdown of their airspace, leaving the Boeing 777 circling above Sardinia for round an hour earlier than heading again to Athens.

In keeping with CNN Greece, NATO’s Mixed Air Operations Centre scrambled two Hellenic Airforce F-16 fighter jets from Crete to escort the plane again to Athens. The airplane noticeably prevented the Italian coast and Western Greece, following a sea-based route in step with ICAO process.

After touchdown safely again on the airport simply after 22:00 EET, anti-terrorist law enforcement officials and airport safety performed safety checks. Nothing suspicious was discovered, and passengers had been subsequently re-accommodated onto different Emirates companies.

Passenger Yiannis Spyridakis recounted the surreal ordeal to native media, explaining that passengers had been initially unaware of the explanations for the diversion, although they rapidly realized one thing was flawed after the provider’s in-flight WiFi was lower off.

“There wasn’t a lot disturbance; it simply began to have a wierd ambiance as all of us questioned what was occurring,” Spyridakis famous, including that passengers remained involved by way of the rest of the journey, following the weird flight path on the plane’s leisure screens.

False alarm

A second Emirates flight, EK210 from Athens to Dubai Worldwide Airport, was grounded earlier than takeoff following the alert.​​​​​​ Passengers had been requested to disembark and return to the terminal with their baggage after being knowledgeable of a “technical downside.” Nothing suspicious was discovered, and the flight was allowed to proceed to Dubai after a five-hour delay.

EK209, registered as A6-EQC, remained grounded at Athens airport in a single day earlier than returning to Dubai this night.

The tip was later discovered to be a false alarm, with the meant suspect not onboard both flight.

“Emirates can affirm flight EK210 from Athens to Dubai on 10 November returned to face earlier than take-off, and flight EK209 from Athens to Newark on 10 November additionally made an unscheduled return to Athens, as a consequence of safety checks requested by the authorities,” a spokesperson for the provider advised The Impartial.

“Passengers on flight EK209 have been rebooked to journey on 11 November and offered in a single day lodging. Emirates apologises for the inconvenience brought about.”

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Sources: CNN Greece, The Impartial, To Vima (1) (2)

  • Emirates, Airbus A380, Penultimate


    IATA/ICAO Code:

    Airline Sort:
    Full Service Provider

    Dubai Worldwide Airport

    Yr Based:

    Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum

    United Arab Emirates