American Airlines flight diverted to Phoenix for security issue

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by azfamily.com

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on August 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 12:07 PM

PHOENIX -- An American Airlines flight was diverted to Phoenix and the passengers were taken off the plane due to a security issue, according to an airline spokeswoman.

Michelle Mohr said Flight 362 was traveling from Dallas to San Diego when it was diverted just before noon.

According to the FBI, the plane landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport without incident.

Mohr said 179 passengers, two pilots and four flight attendants were aboard the Boeing 757.

Investigators have not elaborated on the security issue, but a hacker group posted a tweet Sunday telling American Airlines to look into reports of explosives on board of John Smedley's flight. The Sony Online Entertainment President tweeted that his flight was diverted to Phoenix.

The hacker group, Lizard Squad, reportedly claimed responsibility for a massive PlayStation Network outage Sunday.

Smedley later tweeted that he would not discuss the plane being diverted but that "justice will find these guys."

Alex Collins said he was on that flight.

"We were able to piece what we understood the story to be through the platform of twitter," said Collins. "We had no real idea (what was happening), but it seemed that the hackers were just a bunch of kids and that alleviated the situation because it seemed like a humongous prank that they were puling on Sony entertainment."

He said TSA showed up with canines.

"We basically had to line up all of our luggage on a double yellow line, so we watched a series of German shepherd dogs go through and sniff through all of our luggage," he said.

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American Airlines flight diverted to Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) -- Authorities say a security threat forced a flight from Dallas to San Diego to be diverted to Phoenix.

FBI Special Agent Perryn T. Collier says the American Airlines flight landed Sunday afternoon at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Collier declined to discuss the security threat because of the active investigation.

American Airlines spokeswoman Michelle Mohr says Flight 362 landed safely shortly before noon and was met by authorities. Mohr says 179 passengers and six crew members were aboard.

She said the passengers were able to continue their trips and have reached San Diego. Mohr said she couldn't discuss security matters and referred questions to the FBI.

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