Sat, Apr 28, 2007
Terminal Closed For Three Hours
Abilene Regional Airport was evacuated and closed for more than
three hours Thursday, after a bomb threat was reported.
City spokeswoman Lenka Wright said the threat was reported
through a third party around 8:15 a.m. and about 50 people were
removed from the terminal. Flight departures and arrivals were
delayed and state highway 36 was also closed.
Shortly after explosive-sniffing dogs brought in from nearby
Dyess Air Force Base found nothing, the airport was allowed to
reopen, according to the Associated Press.
"The situation is cleared," she said. "Nothing was found."
The FBI assisted local police and fire officers search the
terminal. FBI spokesman John Skillestad said authorities are now
working to trace the call.
"We have a plan in place for situations like this," said ABI
Aviation Director Don Green. "We take every threat seriously and
are thankful this ended without the threat being carried out. We
appreciate our customers being so understanding... since we tried
to put their safety first.
"We also commend the local police and fire department personnel
as well as the FBI, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
and Dyess for their help in resolving the situation as efficiently
as they did."
Thursday's incident was the second bomb threat called in against
a Texas airport this week. As ANN reported, on Saturday
an anonymous caller made a series of threats against a flight
departing from San Antonio International to Dallas. No bomb was
found, but more than 100 flights were delayed as crews searched the
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