An EgyptAir flight to China is reported to have been forced to make an emergency landing after a bomb scare.

The aircraft carrying 118 passengers had to touch down in Uzbekistan after the airline received a call claiming that there was a bomb on board.

Two Egyptian aviation officials quoted by Reuters said the aircraft was evacuated and searched, but no explosives were found.

“The plane is preparing to resume its journey. It was a hoax, thank god,” said one of the officials.

EgyptAir has received a number of bomb threats since one of its aircraft crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19 but all have turned out to be hoaxes.