UK man released after bomb scare questioning

Police have released a 60 year old British man who sparked a bomb scare on a Sri Lankan Airlines flight yesterday.

The man had been misunderstood by cabin crew after alerting them to a “disturbance in the plane”, police said.

“It was a case of miscommunication between the elderly British passenger and the airline crew,” Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam told AFP.

The flight from Colombo to London was temporarily grounded and passengers evacuated while the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) searched through passengers luggage, before giving the all clear for the flight to depart.

No other flights were disrupted, airport authorities stated.