A Turkish Airlines plane en route to Istanbul in Turkey from New York City was diverted to Halifax, Canada, early on Sunday after receiving bomb threat, according to local news reports.

The plane, with 256 people on board, landed safely in the capital of Nova Scotia at 12:53 am local time, reported Halifax Fire News.

All the passengers and crew members are being moved to the terminal at Halifax Stanfield International Airport, while the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are searching the plane and luggage to find the origin of the bomb threat.

"RCMP is looking to establish the origin of the threat and identify the person or persons responsible, (sic)" tweeted Halifax Fire News.

The RCMP have not commented further on the bomb threat.

On Tuesday, two Air France flights on their way to Paris from the United States were divereted after receiving anonymous threats. However, no explosives were found on the planes after a search operation.