FBI: No explosives on plane with cargo from Yemen at JFK

(AP) - A commercial passenger jet carrying cargo from Yemen landed in New York under military fighter-jet escort and its cargo was searched Friday, as

NEW YORK - (AP) - A commercial passenger jet carrying cargo from Yemen landed in New York under military fighter-jet escort and its cargo was searched Friday, as parcels in transit across the globe were scrutinized after authorities overseas found two explosivepackages from Yemen bound for Chicago.

No explosives were found aboard Emirates Airlines Flight 201after a search, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said. He said the planeflew in to John F. Kennedy Airport under escort as a precaution.

President Barack Obama called the coordinated attacks a"credible terrorist threat." Packages were found aboard cargoplanes in Dubai and England and U.S. officials said they wereincreasingly confident that al-Qaida's Yemen branch wasresponsible.

The Emirates Airlines plane, a Boeing 777, landed shortly after3:30 p.m. Passengers walked off the jet on two covered stairwaysand onto the tarmac, dragging their luggage behind them. Severalpolice cars surrounded the airliner.

The flight crew didn't mention any issue with cargo, passengerssaid. They were told there was a heightened security concern andthat their bags would be searched but weren't told why. They alsodidn't know about the interest in their aircraft until they saw iton TV screens in the airport and glimpsed the mob of waitingreporters.

"We saw a lot of police and they instructed us that we would begetting on a bus. And that all our luggage would again bescreened," said Nick Chan, 32, who was returning to Manhattan froma business trip.

David Packles, a 23-year-old financial analyst returning from avacation to Thailand, said he hadn't noticed fighter jets tailingthe plane and didn't think the 20 extra minutes they spent on thetarmac was that unusual.

"It's a 14-hour flight. Everyone was just kind of exhausted,"he said.

Emirates said in a brief statement that it was "cooperatingfully with the U.S. authorities" and would provide moreinformation as soon as it was available.

U.S. fighter jets routinely escort airliners when there may be aproblem in order to observe the aircraft and be prepared to takeany action if necessary.

John Cornelia, a spokesman for U.S. North American AerospaceDefense Command, said the Emirates airliner was escorted by aCanadian fighter based in Bagotville, Quebec, to the U.S. border,where two U.S. fighters from the Barnes Air National Guard Base inMassachusetts took over.

Go to iO Extra on Channel 612 to watch Chopper 12 footage of the fighter-jet escort at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

The crash occurred around 12:45 p.m. Saturday in 1 Small plane crashes in residential area; pilot injured
2 Hundreds march in solidarity in Red Bank
Officials say Terrell Johnson is wanted for killing 3 Police ID double shooting suspect
Connor Mills is today's Scholar Athlete. 4 Scholar Athlete - Connor Mills
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 5 New Jersey Weather Forecast

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE