The flight AH2063, Air Algerie from Brussels to Algier had just flown over Geneva when it was diverted to Lyon.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737 of Air Algerie, registered as 7T-VKD, had just passed over Geneva at 4pm yesterday, 8 October, when the transponder sent out an emergency message with code 7700: a serious code meaning a big problem on board. The aircraft rapidly diverted to Lyon.This was quickly picked up by the Web site AirLive.net, which tracks such incidents everywhere.
The explanation seems to be that a passenger on board the aircraft said that he had a bomb on him. According to AirLive, he was born in Algeria and resident in Belgium. He was, of course, immediately arrested in Lyon, after which the aircraft resumed its journey to Algeria.
The report states that there were 36 passengers and 6 crew members on board. This is a rather low number for an aircraft that is built to carry well over 100 passengers, even in a low occupation month. One might wonder how much money the airline is making (or losing!).