HOUSTON – A United flight headed to Houston was diverted to Alexandria International Airport after reports of a possible explosive device onboard, according to Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office.
At 12:24 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a call of a reported inbound aircraft emergency, officials said.
The flight was en route from Jackson, Mississippi to Houston before being diverted to Louisiana, according to deputies. The aircraft landed safely and passengers were deplaned, deputies said.
According to The Associated Press, a passenger, Megann Cox, told KALB-TV they were mid-air when the flight crew announced they would be making an unexpected stop in Alexandria. She said the plane sat on the tarmac with the electricity off, including the air circulation.
”They did not offer us any explanation until about 30 minutes in, that there was a customer service issue and they needed to address that,” she said.
The England Airpark Fire Department, Rapides Parish Sherriff’s Office, the TSA, Acadian Ambulance and the FBI responded to the scene. RPSO Bomb Squad along with local agents with the FBI also responded to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Deputies said two persons of interest were detained.
United Airlines said it’s rebooking the passengers as quickly as possible.