A security threat that forced an airliner to return to Philadelphia was a hoax, officials said on Thursday.
US Airways Flight 1267 was an hour en route to Dallas when authorities recalled the plane because of a report that a suspicious item containing liquid explosives had been placed on the airliner.
The craft, carrying 74 passengers and crew members, was returned to Philadelphia where it was searched and found to be free of any explosive material, FBI Special Agent Frank Burton Jr. said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“It was a hoax,” Burton said from Philadelphia. “The report of explosive material was unfounded.”
Burton praised the response from the FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department, the airline and the Transportation Security Administration in dealing with the alert.