‘Security Incident’ Draws Emergency Response at La Guardia Airport

An FAA spokeswoman said that after a “security incident,” firefighters and police converged on an Indianapolis-bound airliner that had just arrived at La Guardia Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Passengers were securely evacuated off the plane when it arrived at 3 p.m., said to spokesperson Steve Kulm.

At the end of the flight, a Republic Airways plane operating as American 4817 declared an emergency and landed “in reaction to passenger behaviour,” according to a Republic spokesperson Jon Austin.

Mr. Austin added that after exiting the active runway, the plane halted on a taxiway and performed a preemptive evacuation. In accordance with our procedures and with professionalism and concern for the safety of everyone on board, our crew dealt with the situation.” Passenger implicated in the incident has been detained by law authorities and first responders.”

According to American Airlines, the plane had 76 passengers and four crew members. According to the airline, no passengers or crew members were injured.

Neither the identity of the person detained nor the nature of their behaviour was known.

As passengers watched on the tarmac, medical personnel surrounded a man lying on his stomach. Passengers who have been evacuated are instructed to “stand aside” and allow first responders and the man to have their own personal space.

There was no response to emails or phone calls from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or the FBI on Saturday afternoon.

According to data from FlightAware, the aeroplane departed Indianapolis International Airport about 1 p.m.