Bomb threat forces Lufthansa emergency landing at JFK, 500 evacuated
Flight 441 was traveling from Houston to Frankfurt, Germany, when it was forced to land following a threat received by the airline's corporate office, according to New Jersey's News 12. The crew was informed of the threat, and the pilot diverted the aircraft to JFK.
@setheandrews LH441 was diverted as a matter of precaution in coordination with the relevant authorities and the pilot. 1/2— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) December 13, 2016
@setheandrews Passengers disembarked and LH staff will take care of them. The aircraft will be searched. /Jo 2/2— Lufthansa (@lufthansa) December 13, 2016
Passengers were successfully evacuated and the aircraft has been isolated. Five hundred people were on board the plane, according to WPIX-TV.
The New York Police Department's Bomb Squad, accompanied by bomb sniffer dogs, are traveling to the scene to search the Airbus A380 double-deck aircraft, Port Authority police spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told New York Daily News.
WPIX-TV reported that no suspicious article had been found, citing law enforcement. However, New York Daily News called the threat "credible," citing its own sources.