Spirit Airlines flight forced to make emergency landing after possible bomb threat

Elizabeth Chuck
A Spirit Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday night due to a bomb threat.
Source: Margi Patton

A Spirit Airlines flight from Florida to Minneapolis was forced to return to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday night after a bomb threat. Two men are being questioned in the incident, officials said.

The plane made an emergency landing at around 10:30 p.m., about 15 minutes after takeoff, after a "passenger was overheard possibly making mention of a bomb," the Broward County Sheriff's Office in Florida said in a statement.

Passengers disembarked the plane, which landed in an isolated area of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was then swept for explosives, Broward County Sheriff's Office said.

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"The BSO Explosive Detection K-9 team inspected the plane and found no indication of explosives on board," the statement said.

The A320 had 92 people on board, reported.

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Cellphone video taken by a passenger showed a man being hauled off the flight. The two who were taken in for questioning are being interviewed by Broward County and the FBI.