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Bomb scare on US flight, but threat found to be hoax

American Airlines says a threat forced one of its planes to be diverted to St Louis, but it has been deemed “non-credible” by law enforcement.

world Updated: Feb 09, 2017 22:52 IST
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American Airlines says a threat forced one of its planes to be diverted but it was deemed non-credible.(Reuters File)

American Airlines says a threat forced one of its planes to be diverted to St Louis, but it has been deemed “non-credible” by law enforcement.

Flight 534 left Columbus, Ohio, and was heading for Arizona when it landed in Lambert Airport at 8.14am on Thursday. Neither American Airlines nor the FBI would say what prompted the diversion.

In an emailed statement, American Airlines said, “The incident was deemed non-credible by law enforcement,” and that the flight was scheduled to resume to Phoenix.

The airline previously said the security check was “out of an abundance of caution”.

Lambert spokesman Jeff Lea said the 113 passengers and five crew were taken by bus to the terminal while the plane and bags were checked by bomb-sniffing dogs.

First Published: Feb 09, 2017 22:50 IST