December 26, 2009 / 7:44 PM / 10 years ago

CORRECTED-Bomb squad searches Lufthansa jet in Iceland

(Corrects plane type, paragraph 2, edits)

REYKJAVIK, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) flight en route from Frankfurt to Detroit made an unscheduled landing in Iceland on Saturday after it was found to be carrying luggage whose owner had not boarded the plane.

A bomb squad searched the Airbus while the passengers remained on board, removing the luggage, said a spokesman at Keflavik International Airport near the Icelandic capital Reykjavik.

“There was nothing suspicious in his luggage,” Keflavik spokesman Fridthor Eydal told Reuters. “It seems the passenger in question somehow missed the plane after having checked in.”

The scare followed an incident on a plane approaching Detroit on Friday in which a man was arrested after trying to ignite an explosive device, according to U.S. authorities.

A Lufthansa spokesman in Germany said of the two-hour stopover in Iceland: “The U.S. authorities have been informed about this. It was an unfortunate coincidence.”

The passenger jet took off again for Detroit once the search was concluded. (Reporting by Omar Valdimarsson; editing by Andrew Roche)

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