NYC Plane Searched for Bomb

NEW YORK --

A plane at LaGuardia Airport was searched Thursday after someone reported finding a bomb threat against the plane on the Internet, officials said.

American Airlines Flight 382 from Chicago landed safely and 117 passengers and five crew members were taken off the plane before the search began, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport.

The plane was moved away from other aircraft for the search, but the airport remained open. Bomb-sniffing dogs were sweeping luggage and the plane, and luggage was being matched to the passengers.

The call came into a general number at the New York Police Department and was transferred to 911. The caller, who spoke slowly, claimed he had seen information on the Internet that there was a bomb on the flight, authorities said. The plane had apparently landed when the call was received.


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