Plane evacuated at Philadelphia International Airport given all clear

The evacuated plane on the runway. (Photo: WJLA)

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Police and Philadelphia International Airport officials say a plane that was the target of a threatening note has been cleared.

Philadelphia airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica tells The Associated Press a meticulous search of US Airways Flight 968 by law enforcement and explosives experts Friday found nothing amiss and the plane is being taken back to its terminal.

The Transportation Security Administration said in a statement the investigation was launched because of a threatening note, but it didn't provide details.

Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways Inc. says the plane's 157 passengers and six crew members were asked by TSA officials to deplane so it could be swept. The plane had arrived earlier from
Glasgow, Scotland.

Passengers will reboard for their scheduled flight to Anchorage, Alaska.

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