LINTHICUM, Md. (AP) - Two military jets escorted a
US Airways flight to Baltimore-Washington International Airport
after a "miscommunication" Tuesday between the pilot and air traffic
controllers, officials said.
"The pilot said something to the control tower that was perceived
as a possible security threat. What he said I don't know," said
David Castelveter, a spokesman for US Airways, calling it a
The miscommunication came shortly after Flight 1814 took off at
8:07 a.m. from Charlotte, N.C., for BWI, Castelveter said.
Two F-16 jets from Andrews Air Force Base were sent to intercept
and escort the Airbus A319, said Maj. Ed Thomas of the North
American Aerospace Defense Command.
The plane landed about 9:30 a.m. and was boarded by FBI agents,
who talked to the crew of five and the 45 passengers and concluded
it was a false alarm, said FBI spokesman Barry Maddox.
Passengers were released from the plane shortly after 11 a.m.
They said the plane's crew gave them little information and were
unaware of a problem until the plane landed and was surrounded by
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation
Security Administration were investigating.
Passenger Ebony Gill, 18, of Baltimore, said she was thinking of
the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as she waited for agents to clear the
"It was terrifying," she said. "But we're safe, and I guess they
were just taking the proper precautions, and I can't complain too
much about that."
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