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Bomb Scare at Rome Airport Forces Evacuation of Flight Bound for London


A bomb scare has forced the evacuation of 165 passengers from an Italian airliner that was preparing to leave Rome's main airport for London.

Authorities later determined it was a false alarm.

The passengers and their luggage were ordered off the Alitalia flight Saturday, after officials received an anonymous phone call announcing there was a bomb on the plane.

Bomb squad experts and sniffer dogs found nothing suspicious, and passengers were allowed back on the plane.

The flight was expected to depart for London after a delay of more than four hours.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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