FBI: Bomb threat halts flights at DC airport

No explosives were found aboard a plane that landed in Washington after someone made a bomb threat at an airport ticket counter Sunday in Ohio, an FBI spokesman said.

Andrew Ames said the plane was given the all-clear and no hazards were found. The plane landed at Reagan National Airport on Sunday afternoon. When it landed, authorities swept the plane for explosives and interviewed the 44 passengers aboard. The person who made the threat at the Dayton airport was taken into custody.

The threat shut down the airport for about 20 minutes on Sunday. U.S. Airways flight 2596 was sent away from the gate after landing, the FBI said. Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, said the plane landed about 1 p.m.

Airport operations were back to normal Sunday afternoon, although some U.S. Airways flights were delayed because the affected flight was taken to an area used by the airline, Mickalonis said.

The plane was closer to Reagan National at the time the threat was received, so officials allowed it to proceed to Washington, FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said.

The FBI's National Capital Response Squad and other law enforcement isolated the plane and were interviewing the passengers Sunday afternoon. All of the passengers got off the plane safely.

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