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British Airways flight evacuated over security threat in Paris

Heathrow-bound flight subsequently went through a check, took off 4 hrs later

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A London-bound was evacuated at Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport today due to a security scare, but was later cleared for take-off, the airport's operator said.

A spokesman for Aeroports de said an incident "linked to security" had led staff to evacuate the 130 passengers onboard Heathrow-bound BA303.

"There was an incident that led authorities to decide to keep the plane on the ground and to disembark the passengers a few minutes before take-off, to carry out additional checks," the spokesman said.

The checks were completed and the was able to take off shortly before noon (1000 GMT), more than four hours late.

said in a statement: "The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority.

"We would never operate a flight unless it is safe to do so."

has raised its terror threat level to "critical" following the bombing of a London Underground train on Friday that left 30 people injured.

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 20:07 IST