A Lufthansa Flight Diverted to JFK Last Night Following a Bomb Threat

Dec 13, 2016

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Last night, a Lufthansa flight bound for Frankfurt (FRA) from Houston (IAH) was diverted to New York’s JFK airport following a bomb threat. LH441 was en route when Lufthansa corporate headquarters received a phone call with the threat. Once the pilot was notified of the threat, he decided to divert the plane to JFK.

The A380 landed at JFK, at which point it taxied to a remote area on the tarmac. From there, all 530 or so passengers and crew were evacuated and bussed to another location as authorities swept through the aircraft and passenger luggage to look for any sign of a bomb. Around 1:00am, the aircraft was deemed clear and nothing suspicious was found.

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As of this morning, Lufthansa tweeted that it provided passengers an overnight hotel stay and rebooked them on other flights. This isn’t the first time in recent weeks that a flight has received a bomb threat. In fact, this past weekend a flight from San Francisco (SFO) to Newark (EWR) received a bomb threat but it continued to its final destination, and a flight carrying the Boston Celtics received a hoax bomb threat, but it also landed at its scheduled destination in Oklahoma City (OKC).

H/T: CBS News

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