NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say anonymous telephone threats made against at least 10 flights among various commercial airliners Monday were not found to be credible.
The threats prompted searches of at least two planes at John F. Kennedy Airport and nearly interrupted a third flight from England.
In one instance, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into JFK after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft.
Maryland State Police said they received an anonymous call regarding the threat around 6:30 a.m. State police then notified the FBI.
Port Authority police and Emergency Service units quickly staged for an emergency landing, CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez reported. The FBI said no hazards were found on board and the plane was cleared.
“We launched the two F-15 aircraft as a precautionary measure. It turned out to be a non-event and Air France landed safely at JFK,” Lt. Commander Richlyn Ivey with the U.S. Northern Command told WCBS 880. “The fighters that were launched we turned back to home station.”
For passengers on board the Air France flight, it was a normal landing. Many said they only found out about the threat after seeing emergency vehicles surrounding the plane.
“They didn’t announce anything,” one passenger told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith. “Jumped on my phone, jumped on Twitter. Saw it before they even announced anything.”
A Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was also checked out because of another threat.
A third threat was made against an American Airlines jet flying from Birmingham, England to JFK while it was still in the air.Comments