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F-16s Escort Two Airliners to Atlanta Airport After Bomb Threat

Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 06:37 PM

F-16 fighter jets escorted two passenger planes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport following a bomb threat, officials said, reporting no significant delays at the site.

A Delta Air Lines Inc. flight and another operated by Southwest Airlines Co. landed safely after airline officials received a “credible” bomb threat, Stephen Emmett, a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Atlanta, said by e-mail. Explosives units are sweeping the aircraft and debriefing passengers, Emmett said. CNN reported that the threats came from a Twitter account.

There were no departure or arrival delays of more than 15 minutes at the airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said on its website. One runway was shut and operations are otherwise normal, Reese McCranie, a spokesman for Hartsfield, said by e- mail.

Southwest Airlines Flight 2492 from Milwaukee “taxied under its own power to a remote area of the airport” where 86 customers and the aircraft are being rescreened, Southwest said in an e-mailed statement. A sweep of Delta Flight 1156 from Portland, Oregon, has concluded and customers have been transported by bus to the terminal, Delta spokesman Morgan Durrant said by e-mail.

Hartsfield is the world’s busiest passenger airport, averaging more than 250,000 passengers and 2,500 arrivals and departures a day, according to the airport’s website.

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