Glasgow Airport incident – why was it evacuated and when will it reopen?

Glasgow Airport incident – why was it evacuated and when will it reopen?

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GLASGOW airport has been evacuated after a mystery package was found on a KLM flight.

The emergency services have placed a section of the Scottish airport on lockdown as they investigate.

Around 20 fire crews are thought to be at Glasgow Airport

Why has Glasgow Airport been evacuated?

A mystery package has been discovered on an inbound KLM flight and, as yet, what is inside is unknown.

Part of Glasgow Airport has been put on lockdown by the rest of the airport is running as normal.

It is understood the KLM plane arrived from Amsterdam this morning.

The incident has had a knock-on effect though and there are delays on the M8 motorway near the airport.

A spokesperson for Glasgow Airport said: “At approximately 10am today, the airport fire service attended an arriving KLM flight in response to concerns raised over a piece of cargo.

“Enquiries are ongoing to determine the content of the package and the aircraft has been cordoned off pending the outcome of the investigation.

“All other parts of the airport are fully operational.”

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) confirmed that they were at the scene.

A spokesperson said: “We are attending an incident at Glasgow Airport.

“This is a police led incident”.

It is not yet known when the airport will reopen.

The package is said to have arrived on a KLM flight from Amsterdam this morning

What is the procedure to deal with a suspect package?

Although not specifically written for advice on suspect packages found on aeroplanes, the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Trust, does give some advice.

·        It warns whoever discovers the package to handle it with care and do not shake or bump it

·        Contact the emergency services

·        Don’t touch or open the package or its contents

·        Leave the package where it is found and leave the area, closing any doors where possible

·        Wash your hand with soap and warm water

What happened in the 2007 Glasgow Airport attack?

On June 30, 2007 the airport was the scene of a ramming attack when a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters was driven at the doors and set on fire.

Although the doors were damaged, security bollards outside the entrance stopped the car from entering the terminal where there an estimated 4,000 people.

The car’s driver was badly burnt in the fire and five members of the public were also injured.

Both of the car’s occupants were apprehended at the scene.

It was the first terror attack in Scotland since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

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