A Delta Airlines flight bound for Madrid, Spain has been evacuated this (Thursday) evening at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) when a suspicious device was found on board.
Delta Flight 126, a Boeing 767-300 aircraft (registration N1613B), is sitting on the tarmac and the bomb squad is on the scene.
UPDATE – July 13, 2012 – 11:30 PM EDT:
Delta Flight 126 originally took off from JFK at 8:10 PM EDT and turned around about 40 minutes in to the flight to return to JFK.
UPDATE 2 – July 13, 2012 – 11:41 PM EDT:
We’ve just received additional information that a suspect is being held on the aircraft. We will try to confirm this ASAP.
UPDATE 3 – July 14, 2012 – 12:01 AM EDT:
Reuters is reporting that 2 suspects have been taken in to custody…a man of Middle Eastern origin and a woman from Argentina. There were wires found in the toilet of the lavatory of the plane.
UPDATE 4 – July 14, 2012 – 12:21 AM EDT:
Police have now said there was no bomb or explosives found on board the airplane. It’s also been reported that a woman was complaining of being sick, and investigators believed she may have been faking it to cause a distraction and to get the plane to return to New York.
Authorities now say she had nothing to do with the incident.