Statement from FBI New Orleans Regarding Bomb Threat On Board American Eagle Flight 3648
|FBI New Orleans September 24, 2013|
NEW ORLEANS—This morning, a bomb threat note was found in the lavatory of American Eagle Flight 3648, a commuter plane from Dallas-Ft. Worth, (DFW) bound for Monroe, Louisiana (MLU). The note stated that the bomb would detonate upon landing. The plane, scheduled to arrive at 10:26 a.m., landed safely and was isolated on the east side of the airfield. There were 15 passengers and three crew onboard.
The FBI, Monroe Police Department and Bomb Squad, and other emergency response crews were notified and responded to Monroe Regional Airport and began their necessary protocols in regard to personnel and traveler safety, examining the plane and handling passengers and the flight crew. A bus was dispatched to transport the passengers and crew to the terminal for interviews.
No devices were found on board the aircraft after a search by the Monroe Police Department Bomb Squad.
This plane originated from Springfield, Illinois, landing in Dallas earlier today. The flight departed Dallas at 9:18 a.m. The Monroe airport was temporarily closed, with flights diverted to Jackson, Mississippi. The airport has reopened.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigative agency on this incident. There are no suspects at this time.