Possible threat diverts plane to emergency landing at Phoenix ai

Arizona

Possible threat diverts plane to emergency landing at Phoenix airport

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PHOENIX (CBS5) - A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas, has been diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport because of a possible threat aboard the aircraft, airport officials said.

Flight 2675 landed safely and 143 passengers were quickly escorted into shuttle buses.

Law enforcement in Los Angeles requested assistance from Phoenix police.

The plane has been isolated and is not parked near the terminal areas.

Phoenix police Sgt. Steve Martos said the bomb squad and police dogs are sweeping the entire aircraft "to ensure there's no device or threat."  He said it's a process that could take several hours.

"We take these (threats) seriously," Martos said. 

Flights at Sky Harbor are arriving and departing as scheduled. Drivers are asked to enter and exit the airport on the east side. Use loop 202 or State Route 143 to enter and exit Sky Harbor.

Interstate-10 eastbound and westbound exit ramps at Sky Harbor Circle are closed due to police activity, the Arizona Department of Transportation said.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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