Airline CEO: Suspicious device was a hoax

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NAIROBI, Kenya — The CEO of Air France says a device discovered in the bathroom of an Air France flight was a fake bomb.

The Boeing 777 was heading to Paris from Mauritius when its pilots requested an emergency landing at early Sunday in the Kenyan city of Mombasa.

Kenyan police say the plane was carrying 459 passengers and 14 crew members. All were safely evacuated and the device was taken out.

The head of the airline, Frederic Gagey, says the device was made of cardboard, paper and a household timer and "did not contain explosives." At a news conference in Paris, he congratulated the crew for their cool-headed reaction to divert the plane.