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30 Nov, 2014 17:29

Bomb scare on inbound plane at JFK airport

Bomb scare on inbound plane at JFK airport

A bomb threat has been reported on a plane flying in from Barcelona to New York City’s JFK International Airport, according to the NYC Fire Department. However, a bomb squad that searched the plane returned empty-handed.

The bomb threat signal came from an American Airlines flight which, as NYFD tweeted, landed at runway 31R. The Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) was summoned to search the plane.


— FDNY (@FDNY) November 30, 2014

#Update JFK plane American Air flight 67 from BCN. Currently have as many emergency vehicles outside plane as people on board (@jrosenberg)

— Avi Greenberger (@iamavig) November 30, 2014

Sitting off the runway at JFK on @AmericanAir 67 from BCN and we are held after landing due to an unspecified threat. Welcome home?” Twitter user Jacob Rosenberg wrote, uploading some images of his exit from the plane.

Some 200 passengers were told to evacuate immediately. "Fairly uneventful if quick de planing," Rosenberg tweets.

BREAKING Bomb threat forces #AA67 to deplane on the ramp at JFK via @jrosenbergpic.twitter.com/PyMHDqc6zR

— AirLive.net (@airlivenet) November 30, 2014

After the passengers were taken away in buses and the bomb squad searched the plane, no explosives were discovered, so officials deemed it safe to begin removing luggage.

No injuries or delays to flights were reported. The source of the alert remains unclear.

All passengers off safely #aa67#jfkbombthreat from Barcelona. Dogs boarding plane now. We are all standing behind barrier on runway.

— Scott Cutler (@cutlerscott) November 30, 2014

In 2007, four men were charged over a bomb plot at JFK International – one of the busiest airports in the US. Although the plot didn't reach past the planning stage, the airport’s fuel tanks and pipelines were potentially disastrous intended targets.

Honestly I just want to get home to my cat, but thankfully on a bus away from the plane #jfk#nycpic.twitter.com/yvd2tzdvMW

— Beth Henderson (@bahenderson) November 30, 2014