Surrounded: Footage taken in the cabin showed the women being encircled and restrained by other passengers after making a threat to blow up the plane
A woman claiming to be a terrorist sparked panic on board a flight from Istanbul today after angrily waving a Koran in the cabin and threatening to blow up the plane.
Wearing dark glasses and a blue headscarf, the woman claimed she belonged to FETO, a group which Turkey blames for a 2016 coup attempt.
After her menacing speech she was restrained by passengers and escorted off the plane, according to Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak.
A security team then searched the Cyprus-bound plane and found nothing suspicious on board.
According to the Cyprus Mail, the woman was heard shouting: 'I am a FETO member, and I will blow up the aircraft.'
Footage taken in the cabin showed the women being surrounded and restrained by other passengers after menacingly waving her Koran.
End of the emergency: After her menacing speech the woman was restrained by
passengers and escorted off the plane while security staff checked for suspicious devices
The woman claimed to have as many as five bombs, according to Turkish media reports.
She also appeared to be holding up a picture of Fethullah Gulen, the Islamic cleric behind the controversial movement.
There were contradictory reports over whether the plane had taken off late or whether the flight was cancelled altogether.
Some passengers appeared to return to the tarmac after the panic on Wednesday morning.
The flight was due to take off from Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport, destined for Ercan International Airport in Turkish-controlled Northern Cyprus.
Source: Daily Mail UK