Sunday, November 30, 2014

Alleged threat involving plane prompts emergency response at John F. Kennedy International Airport (KJFK), New York

Jacob Rosenberg, a passenger on American Airlines flight 67, has been tweeting photos and updates as he and other passengers were deplaned and taken about 300 feet from the aircraft to await a bus.

QUEENS (PIX11) — Passengers were evacuated from a plane that landed at JFK Sunday as emergency crews swept the aircraft, which was involved in a threat, authorities said.

A spokesperson for the Fire Department of New York said the threat involved an American Airlines flight that landed at the airport.

Passengers identified the flight as American Airlines 67 originating in Barcelona.

Teresa Dietrich, who was on board as the situation unfolded, said she and her fellow passengers were led off the plane and onto buses that carried them from the tarmac to the terminal. It does not appear that anyone has been hurt.

The threat may have come in the form of a phone call, according to a PIX11 News police source.

Members of the NYPD bomb squad and FDNY were on the scene, and the FBI has been notified, authorities said.

Sunday is one of the busiest travel days of the year on the road and at the nation’s airports, as millions of Americans who traveled for Thanksgiving are heading home after the holiday weekend.

It was not known if or how the emergency response would affect other operations at the airport. No further information was immediately available.

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