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June 10, 2013

Reports: Southwest 737 Escorted To Phoenix By F-16s

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Written by: Jason Rabinowitz
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Southwest's first Boeing 737-800 N8301J Warrior One, taxis to its welcoming party.

NYCAviation is receiving word on Monday evening that Southwest flight 2675, from Los Angeles to Austin-Bergstrom, has been escorted by 2 F-16 fighters into Phoenix. It is unclear what has happened at this point, but we will bring you the latest as it develops.

From the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Facebook page:
“A Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Austin has been diverted to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Law enforcement in Los Angeles requested assistance from Phoenix Police in checking out a possible threat. The plane has been isolated and is not parked near the terminal areas. Flights at Sky Harbor are arriving and departing as scheduled.”

Update from a Southwest spokesperson:
“We had a security threat on flight 2675 from Los Angeles to Austin. The captain, out of an abundance of caution, landed the plane safely in Phoenix to be checked out. We are deplaning the 143 Customers via airstairs and will accommodate them on their way to AUS as soon as possible.”

Video from a passenger (@zcloco) after exiting the aircraft:

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  • David Truster

    and that “suspicious package” will turn out to be chocolate gifts.. or a blanket… or Tupperware. SMH

  • Chris

    @ David Truster….Or a vibrator…