Date
18 January 2017
An Air France plane, on its way to New York from Paris, was escorted by US fighter jets Monday after authorities received anonymous telephone threats. Photo: Bloomberg
An Air France plane, on its way to New York from Paris, was escorted by US fighter jets Monday after authorities received anonymous telephone threats. Photo: Bloomberg

US jets escort Air France plane to New York after phone threat

An Air France flight from Paris was escorted by US fighter jets to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after authorities received anonymous threats over the phone.

Two F-15 jets escorted Air France Flight 22 to JFK after the Maryland State Police barracks reported telephone threats against commercial airliners, Reuters reported.

The plane was cleared in New York with no incidents or hazards reported by passengers or crew, an FBI spokesman was quoted as saying.

The plane was said to be carrying 165 passengers and 11 crew members, according to some reports.

Separately, New York’s WNBC television reported that a threat had been made against a separate American Airlines flight headed to JFK.

However, the threat was deemed not credible and the flight was cleared.

That report also said an Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was being checked out due to an unspecified threat, and that threats had been made against three other flights at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Authorities said the threats did not appear to be credible, and described searches done on three planes as a precaution.

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