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Airplane makes emergency landing at Louisiana airport following reports of ‘possible explosive device’


#This probably isn’t the way these travelers were hoping to end their year.

A flight heading to #Houston was forced to make an emergency landing at the #Alexandria #International #Airport in #Louisiana, reportedly due to a possible explosive device being found on the plane. #While no one was injured, two juveniles were reportedly detained due to the incident.

#United #Airlines confirmed to #Fox #News that the flight, which was flying from #Jackson, #Miss., to #Houston, #Texas, was flown by #CommutAir, a regional airline that is part of the #United #Express brand.

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#In a statement obtained by #Fox #News, a spokesperson for #CommutAir said, “#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.”

The #Rapides #Parish #Sheriff’s #Office also posted about the incident on #Facebook.

“#At approximately 12:24 p.m., #Sheriffs #Dispatch received a call from the #Rapides 911 #Center of a reported inbound aircraft emergency. #According to initial reports, information was received there was a possible explosive device onboard an inbound aircraft to #Alexandria #International #Airport. #Deputies, along with #England #Airpark #Fire #Department, responded to the scene where the passengers were off-loaded and the scene secured. #Two persons of interest are being detained at this time. RPSO #Bomb #Squad along with local agents with the FBI are also on scene assisting in the investigation.”

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#Passengers were off-loaded from the plane when it landed, although one passenger who claimed to be on the flight alleges that they were forced to wait at least 40-45 minutes before deplaning, KALB reports.

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#According to the news outlet, an investigation was completed and two juveniles were taken into custody. #It has not been confirmed what prompted the initial landing or what device, if any, was found on the plane. A man claiming to be the attorney for the two detained juveniles told KALB that both were released and that he doesn’t expect them to face criminal charges.



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