CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WKBW) - US Airways Flight 2045 from Buffalo was detained on the Charlotte airfield after a suspicious note was found onboard.
From WSOC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charlotte:
Fire trucks surrounded a plane at Charlotte-Douglas Airport Monday afternoon.
Airport officials said US Airways flight 2045 from Buffalo, N.Y. is being detained on the Charlotte airfield after a suspicious note was found onboard.
The incident is currently under investigation. FBI agents are assisting in the investigation.
Chopper 9 flew over the plane that was stopped on the taxi-way and surrounded by officials.
Two police cars were parked close to the plane as passengers were escorted off the plane.
A K-9 unit was spotted near the plane.
The passengers were put on at least three city buses that were parked nearby.
Airport officials said there has been no operational impact to the airport.
The Charlotte-Douglas International airport released a statement, saying
"The incident is currently under investigation. There has been no operational impact to CLT. More information will be released as the situation develops."
The plane was cleared at 3 p.m. and passengers were loaded back onto the plane.
Airport officials said the plane will be returning to the gate at which time passengers will be deplaned.
US Airways is working with passengers to accommodate any disrupted travel arrangements.
A spokesperson from US Airways released a statement this afternoon, which said:
“US Airways flight 2045 from Buffalo, NY to Charlotte landed safely at approximately 1:40 p.m. after the crew reported a security concern.
The flight taxied to a remote area away from the terminal where it was met by law enforcement personnel, who are investigating the incident. The aircraft was checked, cleared and returned to the terminal with all passengers. We are working to re-accommodate our customers who missed their connecting flights on the next available flight.
There were 124 passengers and five crew members on board the Airbus A319 aircraft.”