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Saturday 26 July 2014

Flight to US lands amid bomb fears

Published 07/08/2013|19:27

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A plane from Ireland makes an emergency landing in Philadelphia because of an unspecified threat (AP)
Philadelphia police say emergency officials are meeting the plane and passengers are going to be taken off the jet to be screened (AP)

A flight from Ireland to the United States has landed amid fears of a bomb threat.

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The USAirways Flight 777 from Shannon Airport, which had 177 passengers on board, was met by emergency services as it touched down at Philadelphia International Airport following an "unspecified threat".

Passengers and crew were rushed off the Boeing 757 aircraft to a secure area before the threat was declared "unfounded".

A spokeswoman for the airport said the scheduled flight and its passengers were later cleared. "All is clear and the bomb threat appears to be unfounded," she added.

Law enforcement officials met the plane at an isolated area of the tarmac and passengers exited the jet to waiting buses because of the unspecified threat.

FBI spokeswoman Carrie Adamowski said agents assisted Transportation Security Administration officials in the investigation.

US customs officials have screening facilities at Shannon Airport and the passengers aboard the plane would have gone through immigration there before boarding the aircraft for the seven and a half hour flight.

US Airways said the flight landed safely and without incident in Philadelphia at around 2pm local time.

A spokesman said: "We were aware of a possible security issue with the flight and out of an abundance of caution taxied the aircraft to a remote location, where it was met by law enforcement and emergency personnel."

He added: "We are working on getting our customers and their bags on their way to their final destinations."

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