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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Live Grenade Found on Jet

Border guards in Dagestan discovered a live grenade Saturday in the rear section of a commercial airliner preparing for a flight to the United Arab Emirates.


Border guards noticed the grenade during a routine inspection at the airport in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, news reports said.


A bomb squad defused the device, and the plane departed three hours later than scheduled, according to a spokesman for Dagestan's Interior Ministry, who, according to custom, declined to give his name.


The spokesman said the aircraft was a 90-passenger Tu-154 airliner operated by Dagestani Airlines.


The United Arab Emirates is popular with Russians as a vacation destination. Makhachkala is 1,600 kilometers from Moscow.