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A possible safety concern prompted an emergency touchdown at LaGuardia Airport and led to the arrest of one of many aircraft’s passengers, federal and airline officers confirmed Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the secure touchdown of Republic Airways Flight 4817 on the Queens airport round 3 p.m. following a “safety incident.” All 80 passengers and crew deplaned the plane on the taxiway with out incident.
The aircraft made an emergency touchdown after passengers reported suspicious habits from somebody on board the flight, a Port Authority spokesperson mentioned. A senior regulation enforcement official briefed on the incident mentioned the passenger was unruly and when confronted by the flight crew allegedly prompt he had a tool aboard the aircraft.
The airplane’s pilot radioed forward for an emergency and ready officers to reply as soon as the flight landed. In keeping with the FAA, Flight 4817 departed Indianapolis round 1 p.m. certain for LaGuardia.
A number of movies posted to social media across the time of the aircraft’s touchdown confirmed a big emergency response from native fireplace and police models.
There was no indication of any substantial risk to the aircraft or the passengers and crew on the flight, officers mentioned. Authorities have since swept the aircraft and cleared the scene of any potential risk.
The passenger has been taken into custody for questioning.
Video captured by a passenger and shared with NBC Information reveals firefighters attending to at least one particular person mendacity facedown on the taxiway.