NEW YORK – A Germany-bound plane from Houston was forced to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport due to a threat made against the aircraft, officials said Monday night.
Lufthansa flight 411, which was headed for Frankfurt, made an emergency landing late Monday after a bomb threat was made over the phone Monday evening, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said.
The threat was called into Lufthansa’s corporate offices and when the pilot was informed, he chose to divert to JFK as a precautionary measure. The plane was taken to a remote area of the airport where 530 passengers and crew were evacuated safely. A massive emergency response surrounded the plane once it was on the ground.
Authorities classified it as a viable threat and the NYPD Counterterrorism Unit responded immediately along with the Port Authority Police Department. But nothing suspicious was found that would indicate any trouble, and the flight was rescheduled.
Flight operation at John F. Kennedy International Airport continued as usual.