LOS ANGELES, Calif. (FOX 11 / CNS) - An American Eagle flight from Houston to Los Angeles International Airport landed safely at LAX Tuesday after a "non-credible'' threat was received, prompting a large-scale response by fire crews and police, with armed SWAT officers sweeping through the cabin before passengers were allowed to disembark.
The airplane landed safely about 8:50 a.m. and was taken to a remote section of the airfield, where a portable stairway was brought to the aircraft, but passengers were forced to remain on board. No injuries were reported.
The flight was operated by Compass Airlines, a sub-carrier, according to American Airlines, which released the following statement late this morning: "American Eagle Flight 5931 operated by Compass Airlines, from Houston
George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, received a non-credible threat this morning. It landed without incident ... Out of an abundance of caution, LAX authorities are screening the flight. We hope to have our passengers on their way soon.''
After the aircraft landed, an armed SWAT team boarded the aircraft, and following a preliminary sweep of the interior, passengers were allowed to get off the airplane about 10 a.m. via the portable stairway.
Bomb-sniffing dogs met the passengers at the bottom of the stairway to check them before they were allowed to board shuttle buses.
Law enforcement personnel from a number of agencies, some with bomb-sniffing dogs, were deployed in the vicinity of the aircraft, and firefighters were on standby as a precaution.
Authorities did not release details of the threat, other than describing it as "non-credible.''
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