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20 August 2010 :: 14:08:45 pm 35876

Phone Threat Grounds US Airplane Minutes Before Takeoff

A US plane bound for New York City from San Francisco was grounded minutes before takeoff after a telephone threat to the plane.
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US, 20th August 2010: American Airlines Flight 24 from San Francisco bound for New York City was brought to a standstill on the runway after a threat to the plane by phone was received.

The American Airline Flight 24, a Boeing 767 which had 163 passengers and 11 crew on board was scheduled to take off at 0730 local time (1430 GMT), but was grounded at 10.00am after a late departure from the gate.

A young man and woman sitting in the back of the plane were handcuffed by uniformed police and removed from the plane, before all passengers were ordered to disembark.

Passengers were made to sit for another two hours on a remote area of the tarmac after the flight was grounded. All passengers who were removed from the stationary flight were ferried by bus to another terminal and sent through security a second time.

One passenger stated that although people were frustrated at having to sit for so long, there were no raised voices and some even searched the web on their laptops in order to gain some information as to what was happening.

It is still unclear as to whether the telephone call was an attempted hijack or a bomb that prevented the flight taking off as mixed information had been given by federal authorities. FBI stated that two people were being questioned in connection with the incident.

Reggie Colbeck

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