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Alaska Airlines flight hijacked after passenger sounds bomb threat

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An Alaska Airlines flight from Atlanta to Seattle was diverted to Spokane on Wednesday after a passenger reportedly sounded a bomb threat, police say.

The male passenger allegedly threatened the safety of everyone on board Flight 334 to a flight attendant, the airline said.

The attendant alerted the captain who diverted the plane and made an emergency landing at Spokane International Airport in Washington.

Spokane police and FBI agents encountered the plane when it landed at 5:15 p.m. and took the suspect into custody.

“A male guest directly threatened the safety of our aircraft to one of our flight attendants,” American Airlines said in a statement. “As a precaution, the flight was diverted to Spokane and landed safely at 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

“In accordance with security procedures, local and federal law enforcement were immediately notified and met the aircraft upon arrival,” the airline added.

After the alleged threat, security procedures were followed and the flight was diverted to Spokane, landing safely at 5:15 p.m. Pacific time.
Reuters

The company said 177 passengers and six crew were on the diverted flight and added it was working to get travelers to Seattle as quickly as possible.

Although the airline did not specify what type of threat the man was making, Spokane police told local station KXLY they received reports of a bomb threat before the plane flew. arises.

A Spokane bomb squad rushed to the scene to deal with the plane.

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