Paris: Four people have been arrested over a suspicious device that was found in the restroom of an Air France flight, prompting an emergency landing in Kenya early Sunday.
The four had all been on board Air France Flight 463, a Boeing 777 bound from Mauritius to Paris, which was diverted to the coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa after the device was found, Kenyan Cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Interior Joseph Nkaissery told CNN. He did not disclose their nationalities.
The object was analyzed and found to contain no explosives, the airline said.
Air France CEO Frederic Gagey described the object at a press conference Sunday afternoon as a cardboard box containing papers, with “something like a kitchen timer” inside it.
It was found by a passenger in a cupboard behind the restroom mirror, he said. He could not say if the object was assembled before the flight, but the materials were not ones that would usually be on board the aircraft.
He said an inquiry must be carried out to determine who planted the item in the restroom, an act he described as “stupid” and “completely unacceptable.”