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Threat to jetliner parked on LAX tarmac deemed not credible

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A threat was reported against a American Eagle flight, shown earlier Tuesday morning, officials said.
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A threat made Tuesday morning against an American Eagle flight at Los Angeles International Airport was not credible, FBI officials said.

The threat was reported at 8:37 a.m. PDT against Flight 5931, which was flying from Houston to Los Angeles, said Polly Tracey, a spokeswoman for American Airlines.

The nature of the threat was not immediately clear.

“While an assessment is always conducted following a threat, there is no known credible threat to the aircraft or passengers at this time,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. 

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The FBI is working with airport police to "determine the person or group responsible for making the threat,” she said. 

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The flight, operated by Compass Airlines, departed at 7:18 a.m. CDT from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, according to the website Flightaware. The plane landed at 8:43 a.m. PDT safely on Runway 25 Left at LAX and taxied to a remote pad.

Officials said 67 passengers and four crew members were aboard the Embraer 175 aircraft. 

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After exiting the plane, passengers boarded buses and were taken American Airline terminals to catch connecting flights.

Police worked with bomb-sniffing dogs and the Los Angeles Fire Department to screen the flight.

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UPDATES:

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11:11 a.m.: This story was updated with FBI officials saying the threat was not credible.

This story was originally published at 9:59 am.


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