Ha Ou Stun – A joint flight bound for Houston was diverted to Alexandria International Airport, according to the Paris Rapid Sheriff’s Office.
At 12:24 p.m., the sheriff’s office received a report of an inbound plane emergency, officials said.
According to deputies, the flight was en route from Jackson, Mississippi to Houston before being diverted to Louisiana. The plane landed safely and passengers were evacuated, deputies said.
According to the Associated Press, a passenger named Megan Cox told KLB-TV that when the flight crew announced they would make an unexpected stop in Alexandria. She said the plane was sitting on a tarmac with power off, including air circulation.
“They didn’t give us an explanation for about 30 minutes, that there’s a customer service issue and they need to consider that.”
England’s Airpark Fire Department, Rides Parish Sheriff’s Rap Fis, TSA, Acadian Ambulance and the FBI responded to the scene. Local agents with the FBI, along with the RPSO Bomb Squad, also responded to the scene to help with the investigation.
Deputies said two people with interest were detained.
United Airlines said it would book passengers as soon as possible.
The FBI released the following statement:
“The FBI is aware of today’s incident at the airport in New Orleans, Alexandria, LA. Our law enforcement partners, in particular the Louisiana State Police, the Rapids County Sheriff’s Office Fees, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. District for Louisiana’s Western District. Through the concerted efforts of the Attorney’s Office, the Rapid Pides, Homeland Security, the Rapids District Attorney, and the Airpark Authority of England. We are grateful for reporting that there is no threat to public safety and all airlines have flown passengers to their destinations. “
United Airlines issued the following written statement:
Due to a customer safety issue, “Cometier Flight 4344, operated as the United Express from Jackson, Mississippi to Houston, turned to Alexandria, Louisiana due to a customer safety issue. The flight landed safely and was met by local officials who Investigating. “
This is a developing story.
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