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Suspected bomb threat forces plane to make emergency landing at KCI

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The American Airlines flight from San Francisco to New York landed in Kansas City shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. (Josh Collins/KCTV5) The American Airlines flight from San Francisco to New York landed in Kansas City shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. (Josh Collins/KCTV5)
American Airlines flight 24 was heading from San Francisco to New York.  The plane had to land at KCI about 2 p.m. Sunday because authorities found a flash drive left in the plane's lavatory. American Airlines flight 24 was heading from San Francisco to New York. The plane had to land at KCI about 2 p.m. Sunday because authorities found a flash drive left in the plane's lavatory.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A suspected bomb threat forced a plane to make an emergency landing at Kansas City International Airport, an airport spokesman said.

American Airlines flight 24 was heading from San Francisco to New York. The plane had to land at KCI about 2 p.m. Sunday because authorities found a flash drive left in the plane's lavatory.

They considered that suspicious and told passengers they were investigating a bomb scare and had to get everyone off the plane.

A bus was sent out to the plane to unload the passengers. The Boeing 767 had 227 people on board.

Law enforcement, believed to be with the FBI, then went around interviewing each passenger, asking if they saw anything suspicious near the lavatory.

Authorities kept the passengers inside Terminal C, feeding them and keeping them warm.

Kansas City Aviation Department spokesman Joe McBride said the area of Terminal C is closed right now until U.S. Airways moves in soon, so there was no disruption to flights or other operations at KCI.

One passenger, Javier Arau, said it was calm, but he is from New York, lived there during 9/11 and that this scare brought back some old fears.

"To hear the phrase bomb scare, bomb threat, one of my daughters was crying.  We calmed her down a bit, but I have to say, I'm pretty stressed out now too. So I'm trying to breathe deeply," Arau said.

Bomb and arson investigators thoroughly searched the plane, and passengers were able to reboard the aircraft about 6 p.m. No injuries were reported.

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