Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Breaking News : LAX bomb alert: American Eagle flight boarded by armed police and terminal closed after phone threat

Bomb squad called to investigate American Eagles flight AA5931 that arrived from Texas

Bomb scare at LAX airport

Officers are investigating the threat

Terrified passengers have been evacuated from an American Eagle flight after a phone threat was made against the aircraft.

The bomb squad arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 10am local time (6pm BST) today after officials received the worrying call.

Terrified passengers are evacuated from the American Eagle flight

Terrified passengers are evacuated from the American Eagle flight

SWAT officers and a dog were seen boarding the inbound plane from Houston, Texas, as they assessed the possible threat.


Photos show Flight AA5931's 67 passengers and four crew members being evacuated from the plane via a portable stairway in a remote part of the airport.

The bomb squad has been called in at Los Angeles Airport after officials received a threat against an inbound flight.

The bomb squad arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 10am local time today

The bomb squad arrived at Los Angeles International Airport at 10am local time today

The FBI is also in attendance as the American Eagle plane waits on the tarmac after arriving from Texas.

Pictures posted on Twitter showed a group of armed officers moving towards the jet after pulling up in a heavily-armoured vehicle.

The plane is being kept away from the terminal as officials investigate the threat.

Bomb scare at LAX airport

The American Eagle flight was kept away from the terminal building

The airport was alerted of a phone threat made to a call centre in Houston, a police spokesman said.

Earlier this year a terminal at Los Angeles International Airport was evacuated because of a bomb threat.

Bomb scare at LAX airport

A heavily-armoured SWAT vehicle approached the jet

Bomb scare at LAX airport

The flight arrived from Texas

A "non-specific" threat was made prompting airport bosses to close down Terminal 1.

The airport handled 70,622,212 passengers in 2014 and is one of the busiest in the world.

Yesterday a Turkish Airlines plane was searched at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport after a note was found on board threatening a bomb attack.

An airline spokesman said all 134 people, including the crew, had been evacuated.

Another plane was later arranged for them, he said. The bomb threat later turned out to be hoax.