Police probe threat made to Southwest Airlines plane that landed in Indy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 17, 2014)— Authorities are investigating a threat made toward a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Indianapolis.

Airport officials said Southwest Airline’s office received a threat concerning flight 362 that took off from Baltimore. The plane landed safely in Indianapolis around 3:10 p.m.

The 138 passengers exited the plane from a pad area and were not taken to a terminal due to safety precautions.

Authorities have checked the plane and luggage on board.

Officials said the incident did not affect normal airport operations.

The airline released the following statement:

The Captain in command of our flight 362 from Baltimore/Washington to Indianapolis received expedited clearance into the airfield this afternoon so that we could work with authorities to investigate a security issue.  After an uneventful landing, our 138 Customers and the Crew of 5 deplaned the aircraft short of the terminal and took buses as local authorities worked to clear the aircraft and return it to service.  We won’t discuss the specific nature of the security concern except to say that there is no higher priority for us than the Safe transport of our Customers and Employees and the Safe operation of our aircraft.