JFK Airport Stops Two Planes after Threat
New York, NY, United States (4E) – Two planes at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York were held and investigated by Port Authority police officials on Monday after an anonymous phone call warned of a possible hijacking.
Investigators moved the planes to a secluded part of the airport, but nothing threatening aboard the planes were found, CBS New York reported.
According to the Examiner, the cops received a reported hijacking threat with the hijackers described as wearing gas masks and hiding in the wheel wells of a plane that left from Chicago.
WNBC reported that a federal agent said the search was precautionary and the threat concern level low.
Nothing was found after the wheel wells of both planes were checked and neither pilot reported anything amiss.
An FBI spokesperson told the NY Daily News that “there is no reason to believe there is a threat.”
The flights involved were American Airlines Flight 524 from San Francisco and FinAir Flight 55 from Helsinki, Finland. Both landed at about 3:45 p.m. and were give the all-clear around 4:40 p.m. The American Airlines flight had a number of federal air marshal on board.