Authorities Investigating Bomb Hoax at Philadelphia Airport
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Authorities responded to a bomb scare at Philadelphia International Airport early Tuesday morning.
According to Dan Stamm of Philadelphia's NBC 10, police boarded and searched a US Airways flight from San Diego after it landed at the airport shortly after 6:15 a.m. ET.
"The TSA Operations Center in Washington, D.C. had received a phone threat stating that there was an explosive device on the plane," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan via NBC 10.
After declaring a bomb threat, airport officials moved the Airbus 320 to a remote area, where the 88 passengers and five crew members safely deplaned onto the runway. With emergency personnel on hand, a pair of K-9s and the Philadelphia Police Bomb Squad searched the plane and passengers before deeming the situation all clear.
Here's a look at Tuesday morning's scene via NBC 10 on Twitter:
"There was nothing dangerous aboard the plane ... it was a hoax phone threat," said Sullivan.
American Airlines/US Airways spokeswoman Victoria Lupica told NBC 10 that passengers aboard Flight 648 were transported to the terminal via bus and met by customer service representatives who would assist them in reaching their final destination.
Philadelphia Police are now working with federal investigators to determine where the call came from.
Tuesday's hoax comes just one week after an Air France flight was escorted to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport by fighter jets following a "chemical weapons threat."
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