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A possible safety concern prompted an emergency touchdown at LaGuardia Airport and led to the arrest of one of many airplane’s passengers, federal and airline officers confirmed Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the secure touchdown of Republic Airways Flight 4817 on the Queens airport round 3 p.m. following a “safety incident.” All 80 passengers and crew deplaned the plane on the taxiway with out incident.
The airplane made an emergency touchdown after passengers reported suspicious habits from somebody on board the flight, a Port Authority spokesperson mentioned. A senior legislation enforcement official briefed on the incident mentioned the passenger was unruly and when confronted by the flight crew allegedly advised he had a tool aboard the airplane.
The airplane’s pilot radioed forward for an emergency and ready officers to reply as soon as the flight landed. In accordance with the FAA, Flight 4817 departed Indianapolis round 1 p.m. sure for LaGuardia.
A number of movies posted to social media across the time of the airplane’s touchdown confirmed a big emergency response from native fireplace and police items.
There was no indication of any substantial menace to the airplane or the passengers and crew on the flight, officers mentioned. Authorities have since swept the airplane and cleared the scene of any potential menace.
The passenger has been taken into custody for questioning.
Video captured by a passenger and shared with NBC Information reveals firefighters attending to 1 individual mendacity facedown on the taxiway.