'Miscommunication' grounds MPLS-bound plane, no bomb threat


Authorities say the possible bomb threat that forced a Minnesota-bound plane to make an emergency landing was just a misunderstanding.

Spirit Airlines Flight 596 took off from Ft. Lauderdale Thursday evening, was in the air 15 minutes, turned around and returned to the airport, according to the Sun Sentinel.

The paper says a juvenile passenger told her mother another passenger was on a cell phone and mentioned blowing up the plane. The mother alerted a flight attendent.

The aircraft was swept for bombs and two men were escorted off the plane, according to KSTP.

" target="_blank">The Pioneer Press says the FBI interviewed the two men as well as five witnesses and flight attendants.

The Broward Sheriff's Office says there was no threat and the incident was a result of "miscommunication," KSTP reports. The passenger who was on the phone was released and will not be charged.

The plane landed safely in the Twin Cities Friday morning.

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