The plane at Palma's Son Sant Joan airport. | R.S.


A plane from Athens to Madrid landed at Palma's Son Sant Joan airport at midday today after the pilot requested permission to land and for the activation of the anti-terrorist protocol.

The apparent threat to the plane, the source of which has not yet been detailed, turned out to be a false one, but Guardia Civil officers, including members of its explosives unit, undertook a thorough search of the plane and checked all passengers and luggage for any explosives or weapons. The passengers were eventually allowed to return to the plane, which continued its journey to Madrid.

Guardia Civil sources say that necessary precautions were taken, especially as Madrid has been mentioned as a possible target for jihadist terrorists.