Slippery Rock Woman’s Flight Forced Into Holding Pattern After Bomb Scare
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — “The pilot came on, said we can’t land,” said Veina Lofton of Slippery Rock.
She was on a flight from Germany that was forced into a holding pattern over Philadelphia as the airport dealt with a bomb scare on another incoming international flight.
A US Airways plane from Shannon, Ireland, landed in Philadelphia, but then taxied to a remote area of the airport where passengers exited and security officials inspected the plane.
A man had called in a bomb threat, but no device was ever found.
Meanwhile, passengers such as Lofton were stuck in the sky, she says for about two hours.
She watched her plane’s path on a GPS screen on the back of the seat in front of her.
“I saw the red line going round and round,” said Veina. “We went into Philadelphia then we went to Delaware. We went round and round.”
Eventually, her plane landed, and she boarded a plane for Pittsburgh.
The plane from Shannon, Ireland, was actually listed on the arrival board in Pittsburgh. But that was misleading, because it was actually a connecting flight which was an entirely different plane.
It’s unclear whether any of the passengers on the flight from Ireland ever flew into Pittsburgh.
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