A potential security concern has led to an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport and prompted police to place a passenger on the plane in custody for questioning, federal and airline officials confirmed Saturday.
The FAA confirmed the safe landing of Republic Airlines Flight 4817 at Queens Airport at around 3pm following a “security incident”. All 80 passengers and crew members disembarked from the plane in the taxi lane without incident.
A Port Authority spokesperson said the plane made an emergency landing after passengers reported suspicious behavior from someone on the flight. A senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the incident said the passenger was unruly and when confronted by the flight crew, he was said to have had a device on board.
The pilot of the plane radioed in advance for the emergency and prepared officials to respond once the plane landed. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Flight 4817 left Indianapolis around 1 p.m. bound for LaGuardia.
Several videos posted on social media around the time the plane landed showed a massive emergency response from local firefighting units and police.
Officials said there was no indication of any real threat to the aircraft or the flight’s passengers and crew. Authorities have since bulldozed the plane and cleared the scene of any potential threat.
The passenger was arrested for questioning.
Video filmed by a passenger His post with NBC News shows the firefighters lying face down on the driveway.