American Eagle Jet Bound for NYC Diverted over Phones

American Eagle CRJ-700 Diverts Over Mobile Phone | AE CRJ Photo at ATL | Air Travel News

American Eagle CRJ-700 Diverts Over Mobile Phone Scare

American Airlines 4624, a CRJ-700 Regional Jet operated by American Eagle, was conducting a routine flight to New York on January 3rd when sometime just after 8pm (EST) a passenger discovered two cell phone in the lavatory of the aircraft.  Passengers were asked to identify their phones, but no one stepped forward.

The American Eagle CRJ-700 was traveling from Nashville (BNA) to New York LaGuardia (LGA) Airport and en-route at 39,000 feet and nearly 120 nautical miles north of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, at the time of the discovery.   The pilot of the aircraft decided to divert to Raleigh/Durham (RDU) International Airport where it landed safely at 8:29pm.

The FBI started an investigation and one man deemed suspicious was detained in the process.  The Transportation Security Administration stated there was not a threat at any time.

At this time it is not known if any charges will be filed.

Once given the all-clear, American Eagle 4624 re-boarded, less one passenger.  The flight departed Raleigh/Durham (RDU) at 10:29pm and the flight made a safe landing at 11:30pm at LaGuardia Airport (LGA).


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