Possible bomb threat grounds flight headed for Twin Cities


A possible bomb threat forced a Minnesota-bound Spirit Airlines plane to make an emergency landing, reports say.

According to the Sun-Sentinel, Flight 596 took off from Ft. Lauderdale at around 10 p.m. and was in the air for 15 minutes when it suddenly turned around and flew back to the Florida airport. It was headed to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

FOX 9 reports two passengers aboard the plane had made a possible bomb threat, with other travelers saying the pair were "overheard mentioning the word 'bomb.'"

KARE 11 reports all passengers had to get off the plan while it was "swept for explosives."

The Broward County Sheriff's Office

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Eventually they were able to return to the air, however. According to FlightAware, they took off at 3:43 a.m. the next morning and were in the Twin Cities just after 6 a.m.

The current status of the two passengers taken off the plane is unknown, but authorities said the men would be interviewed by the FBI and the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the Sun-Sentinel notes.

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