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UPDATE: FBI Says Threatening Note Found in Bathroom on Plane

Monroe Regional Airport is back open after a bomb threat note was found on a plane that this morning at the airport.
William Shepperd, a passenger on the plane and a San Antonio native, says they didn't know anything was out of the ordinary until they landed. (Alanna Quillen)
William Shepperd, a passenger on the plane and a San Antonio native, says they didn't know anything was out of the ordinary until they landed. (Alanna Quillen)
American Eagle Flight #3648 isolated on runway (Alanna Quillen)
American Eagle Flight #3648 isolated on runway (Alanna Quillen)
American Eagle Flight #3648 isolated on runway (Alanna Quillen)
American Eagle Flight #3648 isolated on runway (Alanna Quillen)
MPD Bomb Squad Unit at MLU (Alanna Quillen)
MPD Bomb Squad Unit at MLU (Alanna Quillen)
Police briefing with airport officials (Alanna Quillen)
Police briefing with airport officials (Alanna Quillen)
 (Alanna Quillen)
(Alanna Quillen)
Travelers and residents waiting at MLU (Alanna Quillen)
Travelers and residents waiting at MLU (Alanna Quillen)
UPDATE: The FBI has released a statement on the bomb threat found on board an American Eagle flight that landed at Monroe Regional Airport: 

"This morning, a bomb threat note was found in the lavatory of American Eagle Flight 3648, a commuter plane from Dallas-Ft. Worth, (DFW), bound for Monroe, Louisiana (MLU).

The note stated that the bomb would detonate upon landing. The plane, scheduled to arrive at 10:26 a.m., landed safely and was isolated on the East side of the airfield. There were 15 passengers and three crew onboard.

The FBI, Monroe Police and Bomb Squad, and other Emergency Response crews were notified and responded to Monroe Regional Airport, and began their necessary protocols in regard to personnel and traveler safety, examining the plane, and handling passengers and the flight crew.

A bus was dispatched to transport the passengers and crew to the terminal for interviews.

No devices were found on board the aircraft after a search by the Monroe Police Department Bomb Squad.

This plane originated from Springfield, Illinois, landing in Dallas earlier today. The flight departed Dallas at 9:18 a.m. The Monroe airport was temporarily closed, with flights diverted to Jackson, Mississippi. The airport has reopened.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the lead investigative agency on this incident. There are no suspects at this time." 

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UPDATE:
Monroe Police say the Monroe Regional Airport is back open for all incoming and outgoing flights.

Just after 10 this morning...Monroe regional airport officials say the FAA alerted them to a bomb threat note found aboard American Eagle Flight 3648 from in bound from Dallas.

The call came in while the plane was still in the air. It landed safely, 15 minutes after the call, around it's scheduled arrival at 10:26 a.m.

The plane was then isolated on the east side of the field, with the passengers still inside.

"It was a little unerving that they left us on the plane if there was something going on, I wouldve prefered to have gotten off the plane," said Dale Young, a passenger on the plane and a Dallas resident.

The airport was also immediately shut down, with response crews on scene including the FBI, Louisiana State Police, and Homeland Security.

"All the training that we have, it was actually demonstrated today and it paid off well for us," said Chief Quentin Holmes with the Monroe Police Department.

A Monroe Police bomb squad team approached the plane for a thorough search and to get the 15 passengers and three crew members off safely. A bomb sniffing dog from the state fire marshal's office also searched the plane and luggage.

"We swept the passengers, the baggage...As well as the aircraft and passengers to make sure there was no explosives, we didn't find any," said Holmes.

Passengers on the plane say they didn't even know anything was wrong until the plane reached the ground.

"We'd stayed out there about an hour an 15 minutes, and they said there has been a threat on the plane," Young said. "It's an unusual situation, I fly every week and this is the first time it's happened to me."

"It was a normal flight...And I fly often. Once a week, twice a week. Nothing suspicious at all," said William Sheppard, a San Antonio resident.

Police say once the passengers were taken off the plane just after noon, the FBI interviewed them for about an hour and a half, even getting handwriting samples for analysis.

Police tell us all passengers were released and no one has been arrested. The FBI is in possession of all the evidence associated with the plane.

Earlier, incoming flights were diverted to Jackson and Shreveport, causing headaches for dozens of other travelers.

"I just want to get to Dallas and catch my flight to Germany so I can see my grandchildren," said Junction City resident Linda Ward, who was escorted back behind security at the airport when the threat came.

Officials say the Monroe Airport is back open for all flights. Monroe Regional Airport officials say all flights taking off after 3 p.m. are on time.


UPDATE: 
The American Eagle plane is in the process of taxing the plane. We don't know if the plane is being moved to a hangar or to the airport. Law enforcement officials are still questioning passengers.

UPDATE:
Statement from American Airlines regarding American Eagle flight 3648:

“American Eagle Flight 3648 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Monroe, La. (MLU), landed safely this morning at MLU. An emergency was declared prior to landing due to a suspicious note found onboard the aircraft. Flight 3648 departed DFW at 9:18 a.m. and landed at MLU at 10:29 a.m. The aircraft, an Embraer 140 with 15 passengers and three crewmembers, is currently parked in a remote area at MLU. Additional information should come from law enforcement.”


UPDATE: Monroe Regional Airport Director Ron Phillips says the passengers are being shuttled to a hangar for questioning.


Original Story:
Monroe -- A bomb threat note was found on a plane that has landed at Monroe Regional Airport.

Monroe Regional Airport Director Ron Phillips said they received word from the FAA operating at the Monroe Regional Airport Tower that a "bomb threat" note was found aboard American Eagle Flight #3648, which was inbound from Dallas, TX (DFW) and scheduled to arrive at 10:26 am.

The plane is isolated on the East side of the airfield.

The FBI, NTSB, Homeland Security, LSP and the Monroe Police Bomb Squad are  the airport.

KTVE/KARD Alanna Quillen says the plane was carrying around 18 passengers. Those passengers are still on board the plane.

The Monroe Regional Airport is closed.  All flights scheduled to land at MLU are being diverted to Jackson, MS.

We'll have updates throughout the day on www.myarklamiss.com
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