JetBlue Plane Diverted to Buffalo After Bomb Threat

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BUFFALO, NY - A JetBlue flight from Boston headed to Chicago was diverted to Buffalo after a telephoned bomb threat.

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FBI officials confirm to 2 On Your Side a telephone bomb threat was made and the plane was diverted to Buffalo just after 8am.

NFTA Police Chief George W. Gast says once the plane landed at an isolated section of the terminal, the 83 passengers were taken to another location.   He says a bomb-sniffing dog swept the passenger cabin, the checked luggage and all passengers and nothing was detected.

Gast says there was no danger to the public.

FBI officials say the call originated in Boston.  FBI agents located the female caller and are currently questioning her.

A female passenger on the plane was detained in Buffalo and was questioned by FBI agents in Buffalo.  She has since been released.  No charges are being filed against her.

FBI officials tell 2 On Your Side the threat was the result of a domestic dispute.

JetBlue released this statement regarding the incident:

Due to a security issue, Flight 923 from Boston-Chicago diverted and landed safely in Buffalo where the aircraft was met by local and federal authorities. This is an ongoing investigation and we refer all questions to the FBI for further comment.

Statement from TSA spokesman Greg Soule:
JetBlue flight 923 (BOS-ORD) diverted to Buffalo Niagara International Airport at the request of the flight crew because of a telephonic bomb threat. The plane landed safely at 8:25 a.m. and has since been cleared of any possible threats. A passenger is being interviewed by law enforcement authorities.

Officials continue to investigate.

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