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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 06/19/2011

FBI says nothing hazardous on plane at Reagan airport

The FBI said there was nothing hazardous found on a flight diverted to an isolated part of Reagan National Airport Sunday after a report of a bomb threat.

Inbound and outbound plans were briefly halted for up to 20 minutes while US Airways flight 2596 from Dayton landed and was diverted to an isolated part of the airport, said Courtney Mickalonis, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
US Airways plane sits on an isolated runway while authorities investigate bomb threat. (Doris Truong/The Washington Post)

Investigators interviewed the 44 passengers on board, and bomb experts swept the plane.

The plane was in the air and nearing Washington, when someone made the threat at the ticket counter in Dayton, according to the FBI. That person is now in custody.

Two hours after the flight landed from Dayton, the plane was visible from the terminal and still surrounded by flashing lights.

The incident is the fourth aviation-related security issue in eight days. The most recent incident occurred on Saturday when a small aircraft entered restricted airspace around the nation’s capital.

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