No bomb on board AA flight
NEW YORK (AP) – Authorities at John F. Kennedy International Airport said they found nothing dangerous today on an American Airlines plane after a bomb threat was phoned in and the aircraft arrived from Spain.
Flight 67 from Barcelona landed safely in New York City about noon, according to Laura Masvideo, a spokeswoman for the airline.
The aircraft was taken to a location near the tarmac where the 200 passengers plus crew members were taken off the aircraft, according to Joe Pentangelo, spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.
Jacob Rosenberg, a New York City resident returning from a vacation in Spain, said the flight had been making good time across the Atlantic, slightly ahead of the scheduled landing.
“The plane pulled up to the side of the runway,” he said. “Then Port Authority police vehicles pulled up, along with a police bomb squad, fire trucks and K-9 units.”
Rosenberg said passengers were evacuated and taken in buses to pass through customs.
Police and K-9 unit dogs then swept the plane and its cargo.
Pentangelo said all was clear after the bomb threat.
He said authorities were investigating the source of the call.