Flight #EY42 board left from Dublin Airport at 8.30am on Friday morning bound for Abu Dhabi. The passenger plane was forced to divert to Al Minhad Air Base after a “security threat onboard”.

“The crew completed all necessary inflight checks as per procedure, with no abnormalities found, then followed the authorities instructions to undergo further security checks at the Air Base,” an Etihad Airways spokesperson told independent.ie.

“Throughout additional security, the passengers were accommodated in the Air Base and were provided with refreshments. Guests then boarded police escorted buses to Abu Dhabi airport to be processed through the terminal,” said the spokesperson.

The majority of disrupted passengers were re-booked on flights on Saturday morning – and were offered overnight accommodation in Abu Dhabi.

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