Flight Returns to SeaTac Airport After Someone Claims Bomb on Board
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Memphis was forced to return to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Wednesday because of a bomb threat, though authorities did not believe the bomb was on board the plane, an airport spokeswoman said.
Airport police were questioning a man who told a gate agent there was a bomb on Northwest Flight 980 shortly after the plane left Seattle around 12:33 p.m., airport spokeswoman Terri-Ann Betancourt said.
“After interviewing him, they said they do not believe it was a credible bomb threat,” Betancourt said.
The man was never on the plane and had no luggage on the aircraft, Betancourt said.
The plane returned to the airport around 1:15 or 1:20 p.m., Betancourt said, and police were interviewing the pilots, trying to determine how extensive a security sweep they needed to make before allowing the plane to fly to Memphis.
A spokesman for Northwest Airlines said he could not immediately confirm how many passengers and crew were on board the plane.