Robert Kovacik, David Gregory
A Southwest Airlines flight from LAX was diverted to Phoenix after someone made a threat against the plane, according to the FBI. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on June 10, 2013.
A Southwest Airlines flight from LAX was diverted to Phoenix after someone mentioned the Taliban and made a bomb threat against the plane, which later turned out to be false, according to the FBI.
Someone called in a bomb threat Monday afternoon regarding a specific flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement.
Austin-bound Flight 2675 departed from Los Angeles at 2:12 p.m., an LAX spokesman said.
Two F-16 fighter planes launched to monitor the plane as it diverted to Phoenix, authorities said.
"The flight landed safely at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and the aircraft is being directed to an isolated area at the airport," Eimiller wrote. "The FBI and law enforcement partners are responding to conduct an investigation of the aircraft, as well as to determine the person/s responsible for the threat."
Federal authorities searched the plane and luggage and determined it to be safe
Flight Aware's tracker shows the plane made it more than 100 miles past Phoenix before it looped back and landed at Sky Harbor International Airport.