Plane diverted after bomb threat, Lands safely in North Carolina

April 28, 2010

Plane diverted after bomb threat, Lands safely in North Carolina

Bomb threat on Embraer 145A Continental Airlines flight headed to Washington’s Dulles Airport was diverted to Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. Continental Airline flight 3006 was headed from Houston, Texas to Washington, DC when it landed in Greensboro.

Officials say a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to the Washington area has been diverted to North Carolina after a threatening message was written on a bathroom mirror.

The Transportation Security Administration says Continental Flight 3006 was headed for Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Wednesday when it was directed to land at Piedmont Triad International Airport near Greensboro “out of an abundance of caution.”

PTIA Airport officials say the flight was forced to land following a bomb threat. Guilford County Communications say the call came in around 10:20 am. They say the plane landed safely.

Stephanie Freeman, a spokeswoman with PTIA, says all passengers were safely taken off the plane. Airport authorities say the threat was written on a mirror in the plane’s bathroom.

Continental Airlines issued the following statement:

Continental Express flight 3006, operated by ExpressJet Airlines, from Houston to Washington-Dulles diverted to Greensboro, N.C., for security reasons. The flight landed safely, without incident at approximately 10:45 a.m. (EST). The aircraft, a regional jet Embraer-145, carried 45 customers and 3 crew members. Continental and ExpressJet are cooperating with local authorities.

Publisher: Salient News