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2 men detained after reports of possible bomb on flight headed to Houston, officials say


HOUSTON – A #United flight headed to #Houston was diverted to #Alexandria #International #Airport after reports of a possible explosive device onboard, according to #Rapides #Parish #Sheriff’s #Office.

#At 12:24 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call of a reported inbound aircraft emergency, officials said.

The flight was en route from #Jackson, #Mississippi to #Houston before being diverted to #Louisiana, according to deputies. The aircraft landed safely and passengers were deplaned, deputies said.

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#According to The #Associated #Press, a passenger, #Megann #Cox, told KALB-TV they were mid-air when the flight crew announced they would be making an unexpected stop in #Alexandria. #She said the plane sat on the tarmac with the electricity off, including the air circulation.

”They did not offer us any explanation until about 30 minutes in, that there was a customer service issue and they needed to address that,” she said.

The #England #Airpark #Fire #Department, #Rapides #Parish #Sherriff’s #Office, the TSA, #Acadian #Ambulance and the FBI responded to the scene. RPSO #Bomb #Squad along with local agents with the FBI also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.

#Deputies said two persons of interest were detained.

#United #Airlines said it’s rebooking the passengers as quickly as possible.

FBI #New #Orleans released the following statement:

“FBI #New #Orleans is aware of the incident which occurred at the #Alexandria, LA airport today. #Through a coordinated effort involving our law enforcement partners, specifically the #Louisiana #State #Police, #Rapides #Parish #Sheriff’s #Office, #Transportation #Security #Administration, US #Attorney’s #Office for the #Western #District of #Louisiana, #Rapides #Parish #Homeland #Security, #Rapides #Parish #District #Attorney, and the #England #Airpark #Authority we are thankful to report there was no threat to public safety and all diverted airline passengers have proceeded to their destinations.”

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#United #Airlines released the following written statement:

“CommutAir flight 4344, operating as #United #Express from #Jackson, #Mississippi to #Houston, diverted to #Alexandria, #Louisiana, due to a customer-related security issue. The flight landed safely and was met by local authorities who are investigating the matter further.”

#This is a developing story.

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