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12/10/2013 04:06 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 18:58 GMT

EasyJet Plane Forced To Divert To Stansted After Security Alert

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Ein Flugzeug der Fluggesellschaft Easyjet landet am Sonntag (10.06.12) bei Muenchen auf dem Flughafen Muenchen. Am 17. Juni findet in Muenchen ein Buergerentscheid zum Bau einer dritten Startbahn am Flughafen Muenchen statt. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Lennart Preiss/dapd

An easyJet flight carrying 151 passengers has been diverted due to a security scare, the airline said.

A spokeswoman for the carrier confirmed flight EZY2324 between Hamburg and London's Luton Airport was diverted to Stansted Airport as a precautionary measure.

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An Essex Police spokesman said there was no security threat.

"The aircraft landed safely at around 17:30 and on arrival was met by the police who are now on-board the aircraft," the spokeswoman said.

"The safety and security of our passengers and crew is easyJet's top priority and the airline is co-operating fully with the authorities.

"We would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

"EasyJet will transfer passengers to Luton Airport as soon as we can."

A spokesman for the airline later confirmed the incident was a false alarm.

He said: "EasyJet is pleased to report that Essex Police have confirmed that there is no threat to the easyJet aircraft diverted into Stansted and that the police operation is complete.

"The safety and security of our passengers and crew is easyJet's top priority and the airline continues to cooperate fully with the authorities.

"We would like to thank the police for the speed of their operation and thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

The Airbus A319 aircraft will now be refuelled and all passengers flown onward to Luton Airport, he added.