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Bomb threat note found in plane lavatory, Investigation continues

Posted: Updated: Sep 24, 2013 03:10 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The FBI is still investigating the bomb threat that happened on an American Eagle plane that landed at the Monroe Regional Airport Tuesday.

There were 18 people on the plane when a note was found in the bathroom. FBI officials say the note was very specific and it said there was a bomb on board, and that it would go off once the plane landed.

Law enforcement and government agencies responded to the airport for safety precautions. All of the passengers were released and there were some delays that lasted for several hours.

Previous Report:

UPDATE: A statement from the FBI explains the threatening note was found in the plane's bathroom and indicated the bomb would detonate when the plane landed. The Monroe Regional Airport reopened for business following a suspicious note being found on a plane arriving from Dallas at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday afternoon.

Official statement from the FBI regarding the incident:

New Orleans - This morning, a bomb threat note was found in the lavatory of American Eagle Flight 3648, a commuter plane from Dallas-Ft. Worth, (DFW), bound for  Monroe, Louisiana (MLU). The note stated that the bomb would detonate upon landing. The plane, scheduled to arrive at 10:26 a.m., landed safely and was isolated on the East side of the airfield. There were 15 passengers and three crew onboard. 

The FBI, Monroe Police and Bomb Squad, and other Emergency Response crews were notified and responded to Monroe Regional Airport, and began their necessary protocols in regard to personnel and traveler safety, examining the plane, and handling passengers and the flight crew. A bus was dispatched to transport the passengers and crew to the terminal for interviews.

No devices were found on board the aircraft after a search by the Monroe Police Department Bomb Squad.

This plane originated from Springfield, Illinois, landing in Dallas earlier today. The flight departed Dallas at 9:18 a.m. The Monroe airport was temporarily closed, with flights diverted to Jackson, Mississippi. The airport has reopened.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigative agency on this incident. There are no suspects at this time.

Previous Report: 

Several passengers onboard the flight say the crew was very professional and they say they had no knowledge of the possible bomb threat until they had landed in Monroe.

Police Chief Quentin Holmes says all passengers were cleared and allowed to leave the airport after being searched. But, he would not specify if there was someone actually on the plane who was responsible for the alleged bomb threat note. Several passengers tell KNOE 8 News they had to provide a sample of their handwriting to be compared with the note.

Holmes says planes are now departing and flying into Monroe Regional as of 1:30 P.M.

Previous Report:

UPDATE: Our KNOE crew on the scene tells us some flights into Monroe have been diverted to Jackson, Mississippi while crews deal with an alleged bomb threat aboard a plane arriving from Dallas.

We are told (as of 12:30p) that the carry-on bags of all the passengers who were on the flight are being checked. Following that, we are told it is likely that the passengers on the flight in from Dallas will be free to leave the airport.

At this time, no flights are arriving or departing the airport (11:30a). The terminal is open, but no passengers are being checked in at this time.

Emergency crews are working to get passengers off the American Eagle flight. And, the plane is in an isolated area away from the airport terminal. There were 15 passengers and three crew members on the plane.

Officials now confirm there was an actual note indicating a bomb threat on board the plane.

Here's official statement from American Airlines:

"American Eagle Flight 3648 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Monroe, La. (MLU), landed safely this morning at MLU. An emergency was declared prior to landing due to a suspicious note found onboard the aircraft. Flight 3648 departed DFW at 9:18 a.m. and landed at MLU at 10:29 a.m. The aircraft, an Embraer 140 with 15 passengers and three crew members, is currently parked in a remote area at MLU. Additional information should come from law enforcement."

Previous Report:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - There are reports of a possible bomb threat aboard an American Eagle flight that just landed in Monroe.

Monroe Regional Airport Director Ron Phillips reports that airport officials received word from the FAA operating at the Monroe Regional Airport Tower that a "bomb threat" note was found aboard American Eagle Flight #3648, which was inbound from Dallas, TX and scheduled to arrive at 10:26 am.

The FBI, NTSB and other Emergency Response crews have been notified and are at the Monroe Regional Airport.

The plane has landed and is isolated on the East side of the airfield. Emergency Response and Monroe Regional Airport officials will undergo their necessary protocols in regard to the personnel and traveler safety, examining the plane, and handling passengers & the flight crew.

Further updates will come from officials on the scene of the incident.

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