Bomb Threat Diverts Plane to Buffalo

March 12, 2012 Updated Mar 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

March 12, 2012 Updated Mar 12, 2012 at 8:48 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, NY (WKBW) - A JetBlue flight bound for Chicago was forced to divert to Buffalo Monday morning following a bomb threat. According to a spokesperson for JetBlue Airways, Flight 923 departed from Boston at 6:32 a.m. with 86 passengers on board and was headed to Chicago, but landed at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport instead around 8:30 a.m. Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation say the airline received a phone call, claiming a passenger on board may be carrying an explosive device.
The plane remained in an isolated section of the airport and passengers were taken off the plane. The NFTA police, FBI and specially trained K-9's swept the cabin, luggage, and even the passengers for explosives, but nothing was found.

"This was a domestic dispute, there was no threat or bomb threat that was able to be verified and the plane has been cleared," said FBI Assistant Special Agent Steven Lancer.

Authorities believe the threat stems from a domestic dispute between two women: one of them a passenger on the flight, the other from Boston. Both women were detained and questioned. The passenger on board was released in Buffalo after being questioned and was not charged. The alleged caller in Boston is still being detained. The other passengers eventually continued on to their destination in Chicago.