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Toledo Bomb Threat Now Called a Hoax

Ambulances and fire trucks staged on the tarmac. Ambulances and fire trucks staged on the tarmac.
The plane was parked at the end of a runway. The plane was parked at the end of a runway.

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SWANTON TOWNSHIP -- The Toledo/Lucas County Port Authority and the FBI are now saying a bomb threat regarding an American Eagle airliner was a hoax.  American Eagle flight 4359 on its way to Chicago was taxiing away from the terminal when a call came in saying there was a bomb on-board.

The plane had pushed away from the terminal and was getting ready to take off for Chicago when the 911 call was made about 10:30 a.m., said Andrea Huguely, spokeswoman with American Eagle. The plane had 30 passengers and three crew members on board, and no injuries were reported, she said.

Local law enforcement and FBI asked to stop the plane from taking off, Huguely said. The crew on board is cooperating with law enforcement, Huguely said, but she did not have details about how they were communicating or what was going on inside the plane.

Around 11:30, the passengers were taken off the plane and put onto buses.  They were kept isolated away from the terminal while the FBI conducted interviews.  They were allowed back on the plane shortly after noon.  The plane taxiied at took off for Chicago around 12:20pm.

Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Amy Kudwa confirmed the threat, but said local authorities were handling it.

At the height of the incident, fire departments from Swanton and Toledo were called to the scene, as well as Toledo's Hazardous Materials Unit.

Other planes have been seen taking off from the airport as the situation develops.  Route 20A, also known as Maumee-Western Road, is closed, but Airport Highway remains open.

According to the Toledo Express Airport web site, the airport has 30+ flights daily servicing Atlanta, Chicago O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit Metro Airport, Orlando, and Tampa Bay.  Allegiant Air, American Eagle, Continental Connection, Delta Connection, and Northwest Airlink all service the airport with daily flights.

American Eagle flies regional service for American Airlines of Fort Worth, Texas.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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