The flight, operated as American Airlines Flight 17117, was evacuated “in response to reports of suspicious and erratic behavior of passengers,” according to a statement from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
“Law enforcement and first responders met with the plane and detained the passenger involved in the incident,” Republic Airways said.
A statement from the air carrier said the plane declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to the behavior of passengers towards the end of the flight.
Passengers told Port Authority police the passenger arrived for his luggage during the flight and they were frightened, Port Authority spokesman Thomas Toposis told CNN. The plane had 76 passengers and six crew.
The tweet said, “Disruptive American Airlines / Republic Airways passengers and passengers before the incident has been resolved.”
A passenger described what happened
Earlier on Saturday, the pilot alerted authorities at the scene and when the plane landed on the runway, the plane was “exited from the runway” to evacuate passengers, according to a statement from the previous port authority.
Investigators interviewed the passenger who was behaving suspiciously and several passengers sitting next to the passenger sat next to the man to find out more about what had happened on the plane.
FDNY told CNN that the port authority’s police department has called the New York City Fire Department to assist on an emergency landing flight.
Indianapolis resident Laura Bergdahl, who was on a flight with her 7-year-old son, told CNN as soon as the plane landed “Pilots and flight attendants started shouting ‘Get out!’ And we all got off the plane. ”
Bergdahl said he heard “someone behaving suspiciously and threatening any kind of bombing.”
The flight was an American Aggul Flight 17117, operated by Republic Airways, which originated from Indianapolis and landed in Laguardia.
The Federal Aviation Administration was aware of the incident and called it a safety incident where all passengers were evacuated safely.
The Transportation Security Administration said Saturday’s incident was “an example of the situation.”
Passengers reported seeing the aircraft’s suspicious behavior to the flight crew, and the flight crew alerted the captain, who then “cautioned to park away from the terminal,” Koshej said.
Koshej added that New York Port Authority police responded to the incident with an explosives ordnance disposal and a K9 team and cleared up the situation.