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United flight evacuated at Newark over bomb threat

written by Hannah Dowling | August 10, 2020

An artist's impression of an Airbus A350-900 in United livery. (Airbus)
An artist’s impression of an Airbus A350-900 in United livery. (Airbus)

A United Airlines flight from Los Angeles was evacuated and searched by K9 units upon landing at Newark Liberty Airport on Sunday, after a passenger alleged there was a bomb on board the aircraft.

The flight, UA2304, landed at Newark around 4:37pm local time on Sunday, and was met on the tarmac with close to a dozen emergency vehicles, including police and ambulance vehicles.

According to a press statement from United, it appears the passenger who made the bomb threat was also involved in a medical emergency onboard, although no details on the incident have been made available.

“United flight 2304 from Los Angeles to Newark, NJ was met by emergency vehicles due to an onboard medical emergency,” United said. 

“During the medical emergency onboard, the passenger made a remark which created a potential security concern. The flight landed safely and the customer was transported to a local hospital”

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No further information on the nature of the medical emergency, or if the suspect or others were injured in the incident, was revealed.

The passenger was removed from the flight by police, before reportedly being taken to a nearby hospital.

The rest of the passengers were quickly evacuated from the aircraft, and K9 units were brought onto the plane to scout for a possible bomb on board. 

Baggage was removed from the plane and placed on the tarmac to be investigated by the sniffer dogs, before being returned to the passengers.

There has been no report that anything dangerous was found onboard the aircraft, or if the passenger has been charged by police

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