LAX Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Bomb Threat
LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, was diverted Monday due to a bomb threat, authorities said.
Flight 2675 left LAX at 2:12 p.m. bound for Austin, but made an emergency landing in Phoenix after someone called in a bomb threat.
Two F-16’s already in the air were diverted to monitor the flight, but they did not escort or intercept the plane, Mike Kucharek of NORAD said.
“A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin has been diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport,” officials with the airport said on Facebook.
“Law enforcement in Los Angeles requested assistance from Phoenix Police in checking out a possible threat,” the statement said.
“The plane has been isolated and is not parked near the terminal areas. Flights at Sky Harbor are arriving and departing as scheduled.”
Television footage showed the 143 passengers leaving the airplane and being loaded onto buses.
The plane was taken to an isolated area at the airport where the FBI and local authorities were expected to search the aircraft.
Late on Monday, the FBI determined there was no threat on board the plane.
Authorities were still looking for the individual behind the bomb threat.