Officials swarmed runway four at LaGuardia Airport in New York City on Saturday afternoon following reports of a Republic Airways flight making an emergency landing.
🇺🇸 — NEWS: Earlier today, a Republic Airlines Plane was evacuated on the runway at NYC’s LaGuardia airport after a report of suspicious behavior caused an emergency landing. 1 suspect has reportedly been taken into custody and all passengers were safely evacuated off the plane. pic.twitter.com/srdjodEhI4
— Belaaz News (@TheBelaaz) October 10, 2021
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey confirmed to that the pilot made the call after reporting a suspicious passenger and luggage on board.American Airlines later released a statement confirming the flight was deplaned on the taxiway upon arrival at LaGuardia due to “a potential security issue.”
No more details were provided, but emergency crews were seen spraying the airplane after passengers were deplaned.
According to online reports, a person interviewed by police after the flight was deplaned said passengers reported the suspicious behavior before the pilot called for an emergency landing.