An airplane from Ireland landed at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) due to a bomb threat, it was reported.
UPDATE: The bomb squad cleared the plane after it was investigated.
Officials told NBC Philadelphia that the plane landed on time and was scheduled to arrive in Philadelphia. They said there was no emergency landing but said there was a bomb threat. Authorities described the threat as “unsubstantiated” but screened the plane as a precaution. The plane was later slated to go to Pittsburgh after stopping in Philadelphia.
The U.S. Airways flight 777 that departed Shannon, Ireland landed and was taken to a secure area, said ABC-6 television. The report said that 177 people were on board the plane, which is a Boeing 757.
The passengers’ luggage will also be checked, according to CBS Philly.
The call of a purported bomb threat came in at around 1:30 p.m., according to ABC-6. Police said that it was made by a male.
NBC reported that all flights at the Philadelphia airport are delayed.
The Homeland Security’s Joint Terrorism Task Force along with bomb-sniffing dogs are also on the scene. Local police and the FBI are also on the scene investigating.
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