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
"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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