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American Airline Jet Evacuated After Bomb Threat

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An American Airlines jet was evacuated due to a bomb threat Monday morning after landing at Port Columbus International Airport.

Port Columbus police responded to the aircraft, American Airlines flight 302, on the tarmac at about 11:55 a.m., after a threatening note was found onboard during descent.

Airport authorities said the threat wasn't credible, but the note was found by a passenger in the bathroom of the airplane.

The passenger told a flight attendant, who told the pilot.

According to airport spokesman David Whitaker, the note was found written on a paper towel.

Officials at Port Columbus say the jet was pushed away from the terminal and was evacuated.

A K-9 unit and the Columbus bomb squad were also called to check the plane.

Passengers were removed from the plane and K-9 officers checked their baggage.

The MD-80 aircraft was arriving to Port Columbus from Dallas Fort Worth. There were 133 passengers and a crew of five onboard.

Passengers said they were not aware of the threat immediately.

"We actually found out through -- we were online and saw a story while we were still on the plane. Technology," said Marissa Solis, a passenger.

Passenger Tom Reynolds said that the passenger who found the note was questioned by the FBI.

"They took him up to behind the ropes and talked to him, then they released him," Reynolds said.

Authorities said that half the airport's runways were closed for about two hours.

Initially, Port Columbus police told NBC4 the aircraft belonged to American Eagle.

No other information was immediately available.

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