11 Jul 2010

Bomb alert on Air France plane forces landing in Brazil

5:31 pm on 11 July 2010

An Air France airliner flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris has landed in the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, following a security alert over a possible bomb on board.

The airline says the 405 passengers and 18 crew on board were evacuated while security checks were carried out on the Boeing 747-400.

An Air France jet crashed just over a year ago off Brazil's northeastern coast, killing all 228 people on board.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.