Hanna: Bomb Threat Likely Not Connected to Springfield
Hanna: Bomb Threat Likely Not Connected to Springfield

A bomb threat to an American Eagle airliner shut down the airport in Monroe, La., for a time Tuesday. The plane’s day started in Springfield, though the threat – in the form of a note discovered in a lavatory – was on a Dallas-Monroe leg.

Mark Hanna, director of the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, says the aircraft spent Monday night at his facility and took passengers to Dallas-Fort Worth first thing Tuesday morning. The plane was to have gotten a fresh crew and a cleaning out, so it would appear the only way a Springfield passenger would have left the note would be if the cleaning crew missed it at DFW.

The note indicated a bomb would go off when Flight 3648 landed. No bomb went off, but Monroe traffic was diverted to Jackson, Miss., during the scare.

The FBI is investigating, but Hanna said he doubted Springfield would be involved.