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A potential security issue resulted in an emergency landing at LaGuardia Airport and the arrest of one of the aircraft’s passengers, federal and airline officials confirmed on Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed the safe landing of Republic Airlines flight 4817 at Queens airport after a “security incident” around 3:00 pm. All 80 passengers and crew left the aircraft without incident on the taxiway.
The plane made an emergency landing after passengers reported suspicious behavior by someone aboard the flight, a port authority spokesman said. A senior law enforcement officer who was briefed on the incident said the passenger was recalcitrant and allegedly suggested having a device on board the aircraft when confronted by the flight crew.
The plane’s pilot radioed ahead for an emergency and prepared officers to respond after landing. According to the FAA, Flight 4817 took off from Indianapolis for LaGuardia at around 1 p.m.
Several videos posted on social media at the time the plane landed showed a significant emergency response from local fire and police units.
There are no indications of a significant threat to the aircraft or the passengers and crew of the flight, officials said. The authorities have since swept the plane and cleared the scene of any possible threat.
The passenger was taken into custody for questioning.
A video captured by a passenger and shared with NBC News shows firefighters attending to a person lying face down on the taxiway.