459 passengers and 14 crew heaved a sigh of relieve when a Boeing 777 Air France flight 463 was forced to land at the Moi International Airport in Kenyan coastal city Mombasa, Kenya after a fake bomb was found in a toilet, the airline says.
The Boeing 777, on its way from Mauritius to Paris, was evacuated at Mombasa airport and the suspicious device taken away for examination.
Air France authorities later said the bogus bomb was made of a cardboard box, paper and a timer.
The gag was described it as an “extremely aggressive act”.
Several passengers from the flight have been questioned by Kenyan police.
The airline chief, Mr. Frederic Gagey told a news conference that the airline would press charges against those responsible and an inquiry would be held.
He said the device appeared to be made of a cardboard, sheets of paper and some kind of kitchen timer, and had been placed in a cupboard behind a mirror in the toilet.
Mr Gagey said he did not know exactly when it had been placed there, but that the cupboard had been checked before the flight so it was assumed that it was put there during the flight.
He said the object was made of material not usually found on the plane.
Mr Gagey thanked the crew and the Kenyan authorities for the way they had handled the incident.
Earlier, a police official quoted by AP news agency said a passenger had noticed an object in the toilet that looked like “a stopwatch mounted on a box”.
Mr Gagey said the crew was alerted, and the pilots decided to land at the nearest airport. Both the aircraft and Moi International Airport in Mombasa were evacuated while the device was removed.