World War II bomb found at Russian airport

July 31st, 2011 - 8:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 31 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Flights to and from an airport in south Russia were cancelled after construction workers found a World War II bomb close to the takeoff and landing strip, the airport’s press office stated Sunday.

The bomb was detected at Mineralniye Vody airport in Stavropol region, four km west of Mineralnye Vody town, when some construction workers were digging a pit.

“Our construction workers dug a pit and came across a bomb at a depth of about 1.5 metres at about 11 hours in the morning (Sunday) some 40-50 metres away from the takeoff and landing strip,” the press office said.

The airport has been closed for incoming and outgoing flights since 12.30 p.m. Passengers are staying at the airport, the press office said.

Deminers were to arrive at the site to defuse the bomb, the office said.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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