CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A radio signal malfunction caused the control tower to think a US Airways plane landing Thursday in Charlotte had been hijacked, authorities said.
Airport Director Jerry Orr said the plane had to land in remote area at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Flight 895 from Charleston, S.C., to Charlotte arrived about 8:30 a.m. with 91 people aboard. Passengers were kept on the plane for about 30 minutes before being allowed to get off the plane.
''They sent a signal which indicated hijacking and that put into play a series of responses. The airplane landed here without incident,'' Orr said.
Authorities also said the signal will be fixed before the plane is allowed to fly again.