Authorities flocked to the runway in Philadelphia’s airport this afternoon after a bomb threat was reported on a flight originating from Dublin, Ireland. Nothing suspicious was reportedly found. The aircraft was surrounded and all 171 passengers and 8 crew-members were deplaned and screened. Their luggage was removed and inspected as well. Five buses were brought to the plane to take passengers back to the terminal. Bomb sniffing dogs checked the aircraft after it was taken to a remote area.
FINAL UPDATE: ALL CLEAR GIVEN BY BOMB SQUAD AFTET US AIRWAYS FLIGHT MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING AT PHILADELPHIA AIRPORT DUE TO BOMB THREAT.
— Operator (@911BUFF) August 7, 2013
US Airways flight #777 landed after a threat was phoned in by an unknown male at around 1:30 p.m, claiming there was a suspicious device on the plane according to local news.
@NBCPhiladelphia just landed Nd taxing to gate. Saw the isolated plane out on Tarmac surrounded by fire engines. Was a USair flight
— Kim Day (@KimDay71) August 7, 2013
The plane was expected to land at 1:45 p.m today. According to the airlines website, the flight arrived at 1:58 pm. The plane was followed by a number of fire-trucks on the runway.