Grounded United flight at D/FW cleared after bomb threat

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Posted on March 16, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 17 at 8:38 AM

D/FW AIRPORT - The FBI and D/FW Airport Department of Public Safety have cleared a bomb threat aboard a United Express flight currently grounded at D/FW International Airport. Nothing was found.

There was a note on the bathroom mirror saying there was a bomb onboard.

The passengers were safely deplaned and the plane has been moved to an isolated area of the runway while it is investigated.

United Express flight 5394 originated at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and landed safely at D/FW at 3 p.m.

The FBI are in the process of interviewing the 66 passengers and crew. They will be returned to Terminal E, Gate 2 at the completion of the interviews.

The FBI would not say if there are any suspects.

The Explosives Ordnance Detection Unit responded, and canine units are inspecting the aircraft baggage as well as the aircraft itself.

"We're working in tandem with the FBI right now," said D/FW spokesman David Magana. "We're working hard to resolve it as quickly as we can, and we take their lead on the investigative end and we try to help them do some of their investigative work, as well. That's why our canine units are out there, that's why our EOD team was out there."

The runway has been closed since the incident, however a release said there will be no impact on flight operations at D/FW in the way of delays or cancellations.

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