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Richmond Passengers Kept on Plane After Threat

June 28, 2010

Passengers on a US Airways flight that landed in Richmond were kept on the plane for more than an hour while authorities investigated an unidentified threat.

The flight originated in Kansas City, Mo., and stopped in Charlotte, N.C., before landing at the Richmond airport Friday night. Richmond International Airport spokesman Troy Bell says the plane was diverted to an unused runway.

FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton in Kansas City said Sunday the called-in threat was determined to be noncredible and the plane was eventually deemed to be safe.

After a 90-minute wait, passengers were shuttled to the terminal. Bell says both carry-on and checked bags had to be re-screened before the bags were transported to the terminal.

Passengers picked up their bags about 3:15 a.m. Saturday.

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