An unclaimed cellphone found by an American Airlines crew member aboard a jet bound for Miami International Airport from Paris sparked an hours-long search of the plane by local and federal authorities, the FBI said.
“Upon further investigation, a passenger did finally come forward and claim the cell phone,” said Michael D. Leverock, Miami FBI spokesman.
The Miami-Dade Police Department's bomb squad responded Tuesday after “suspicious activity” was detected on an American Airlines flight arriving from Paris, police said.
By 6 p.m., about 2 1/2 hours after the plane landed, airport officials said the plane was cleared. The plane had landed at MIA, passengers were taken and put in buses, where they stayed in a remote area of the airport while officials searched the plane.
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“The passengers are re-boarding the plane and it is taxiing to Concourse D, where the passengers will receive normal processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection,” Airport Spokesman Greg Chin said in an e-mail.
Flight 63, a Boeing 777 from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, arrived safely at MIA at 3:32 p.m., according to Alexis Aran Coello, corporate communications manager for American Airlines.
Coello said the plane, with 217 passengers and 14 crew members, was taken to a secure location and was searched by law enforcement.
“Law enforcement is investigating what appears to be a suspicious item discovered on board,” she wrote in an e-mail.
Leverock said no charges were filed and there was no concern for terrorism.