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Lufthansa flight to Tehran grounded after threat: German official

Berlin, March 8, IRNA - A Lufthansa airliner bound for Tehran had to be grounded for nearly eight hours at Frankfurt's Rhein-Main Airport on Tuesday, airport authorities told IRNA on Thursday.

"The Lufthansa flight was halted only moments before its scheduled take-off for Tehran at 6 p.m. local time after the Lufthansa call- enter in Dublin (South Ireland) received a threat," said spokesman of the Federal Police at Frankfurt's airport, Klaus Ludwig.

After passengers were evacuated from the plane and their luggages and cargo were unloaded, explosive experts boarded the aircraft but did not find anything," the official added.

The plane resumed its flight to Tehran at 2.37 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Ludwig.

Meanwhile Lufthansa spokesman Thomas Jachnow confirmed also the incident to IRNA.

"Following a security alert, Lufthansa flight 600 was diverted form the main runway shortly before take-off. The plane was evacuated.

However no explosives or any other things which would have jeopardized the flight were found. There were also no arrests," Jachnow said.

"The plane took off some eight hours later and arrived safely in Tehran.

The luggage of the passengers was sent later in the day." Jachnow could not elaborate on the nature of the threat, pointing to the ongoing investigation.

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