A US Airways jet was on its way from Paris to Charlotte, North Carolina this morning when a “security issue” forced the plane to change course and land in Bangor, Maine. The airline confirmed that the flight was diverted but did not give many details about the threat.
The airline did say that a passenger was acting strangely aboard US Airways Flight 787 and that the airline decided to ground the plane as soon as possible.
The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement:
“US Airways Flight 787 has landed safely in Bangor. TSA is aware of reports of a passenger who exhibited suspicious behavior during flight. Out of an abundance of caution the flight was diverted to BGR where it was met by law enforcement.”
According to @AlertNewEngland, which monitors police scanners throughout New Englanda passenger was threatening to blow up the plane. The passenger was subdued and the decision was made to make an emergency landing in Bangor. The plane was then taken to the north end of the airport where it was met by security officials. @AlertNewEngland, , also claims that the flight was intercepted by F-15 fighter jets. This information has not been confirmed.
[UPDATE] Norad has confirmed that two F-15 fighter jets scrambled to help direct the plane to Bangor.
US Airways Flight 787 had 179 passengers on board and 9 crew members, according to airline spokesman Andrew Christie.