26 May 2015 - U.S. military jets escort airliner to JFK after threat
Fighter jets escort Air France plane to US airport
Staff (The Scotsman)
Authorities say US military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York’s Kennedy Airport after a threat was made against the flight.
The FBI confirmed that the F-15 fighter jets were scrambled on Monday morning after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was on board the aircraft.
ABC News reported the telephoned threat as being made to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, which is responsible for coordinating federal, state and local agencies in intelligence information-gathering.
The aircraft was taken to a special location at the New York airport for a security search, according to Air France officials in Paris.
Agencies (The Chicago Tribune)
Anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners, possibly from the same source, caused a scare Monday involving four international flights at airports in New York and New Jersey.
Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible. They described searches done on three of the jets as a precaution.
In one instance Monday morning, U.S. military jets escorted an Air France flight into New York City after someone claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft, the FBI said.
Aamer Madhani (USA Today)
The FBI, which believes the threats may have been made by the same caller, says the jets scrambled Monday morning after an anonymous caller claimed there was a weapon aboard the aircraft. The agency says it also received similar threats against another airliner operated by Saudi Arabia Airlines.
A New York-bound American Airlines flight from Birmingham, England was briefly held on the tarmac after a threat against it, said American Airlines spokesman Kent Powell said.
Authorities initially told the pilot to land and taxi to a remote area away from the terminal but later radioed that the threat was not credible and cleared the plane to go to the terminal minutes after it landed. Powell said no search was conducted of the flight.
The Air France and Saudi Arabia Airlines flights were searched, turning up no weapons.
Agencies (Fox News)
Maryland State Police said they received an anonymous call at the McHenry barracks in the western part of the state threatening commercial aviation about 6:30 a.m. Monday and referred it to the FBI. They declined to comment further.
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