CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A US Airways flight from Buffalo was stopped on the taxiway in Charlotte after a threatening note was found.
Charlotte Douglas International Airport officials said the note was found Monday afternoon and the plane landed and was kept away from the terminal. Authorities called the note suspicious, but did not detail what was written. The flight was scheduled to continue to New Orleans.
US Airways spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says 124 passengers were aboard the A319 Airbus when it landed.
She says because of the threat, the plane was taxied to a remote area of the airport and the passengers were taken off the plane. Joe Gennocro of Hamburg was on the flight.
He said, "They just came on the bus and said, 'Anybody sitting in certain rows, 21, 20, something like that, the FBI would like to speak with you, so if anybody say in those seats, come on with us.' Nobody from our bus got off but we saw one young gentleman get off one of the other buses and walked with law enforcement and that was it."
Flight 2045 was scheduled to land in Charlotte, and Mohr says most of the people on board had connecting flights.
"The vast majority of them were connecting to other destinations," she said.
US Airways is working to make sure passengers get to their destinations, Mohr said. After the plane was cleared, passengers were allowed to board and deplane at a gate.
Airport officials said the investigation wasn't causing problems or delays for other flights in Charlotte.
The FBI released the following statement regarding the incident:
"Federal and local law enforcement agencies have cleared the scene at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. At this time, there are no indications there was a threat to public safety. The FBI conducted several interviews, the investigation is ongoing, but it does not appear at this time that a federal violation was committed. No additional details involving the investigation will be released."
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