FBI officials are investigating the cause of a reported threat that led to the evacuation of an American Airlines flight at Albuquerque International Sunport on Sunday.
The 179-passenger flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to New Mexico was evacuated upon arrival Sunday morning due to a “security threat,” according to CBS News DFW. Those aboard the flight deplaned on the tarmac with the help of airstairs and were bussed to the terminal. There were no reported injuries from the incident, which remains under investigation.
An American Airlines spokesperson offered CBS a statement on the evacuation.
“American Airlines flight 928 from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) to Albuquerque (ABQ) was met by law enforcement upon arrival at ABQ due to a security concern. The aircraft landed safely and without incident, and customers deplaned the aircraft using airstairs before being bussed to the terminal,” the spokesperson stated. “Safety and security are our top priorities, and we thank our customers for their cooperation and our team members for their professionalism. For more information, please contact the FBI.”
FBI officials have yet to provide details on the nature of the threat, according to CBS News, but maintained that the incident is being investigated. An airport official told The Dallas Morning News the threat was ultimately found to be “non-credible,” though the ensuing investigation led to a temporary shutdown of one of the airport’s three runways. Passengers aboard the plane were required to go through TSA screening inside the airport before being allowed back onto the airplane to collect their possessions, the official said.
The incident comes less than a week after a cross-country American Airlines flight was forced to land in Texas following a frightening passenger outburst . Passengers aboard Flight 1295 from Miami International Airport to Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 27 were diverted to El Paso International Airport following a “disturbance in the cabin featuring an unruly passenger,” according to American Airlines spokesperson Derek Walls.
A business passenger aboard the plane who wished to remain anonymous told Yahoo News’ Justin Rohrlich that a woman aboard the plane rushed up to him and began repeating “Repent, repent, we’re all gonna die,” at increasingly high volumes. This was followed by the woman shouting “Redemption is coming! Redemption is coming!”
The woman was eventually restrained by in-flight staff and the flight landed in El Paso, Texas, where it was searched by firefighters for explosive devices. The search ultimately found the plane clear of any dangerous materials.
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