Three passenger planes were quarantined and investigated for 90 minutes at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an apparent hoax call about a possible hijacking.
Fox 5 News reports that it appeared to be part of a coordinated hoax at airports across the country claiming there were hijackings planned on the flights, according to the Port Authority Police Department.
Someone anonymously called in a threat about an American Airlines flight from San Francisco and a FinnAir flight from Helsinki saying there were terrorists hiding in the wheel well.
The New York Post reported that the caller said he received the information from a member of an unnamed Muslim terrorist group.
The planes were moved to a remote area of the airport and police vehicles were around the planes.
The pilot of the American Airlines flight did not appear to know why his plane was being surrounded.
He was overheard asking the control tower, "We're surrounded by emergency vehicles. There is a reason for this. Somebody has got to give us the reason or we're going to evacuate the aircraft."
Air marshals and the FBI boarded the planes to investigate after stair trucks were driven to the planes, Fox 5 News reports. One of the runways was shut down due to the investigation.
Just before 5 p.m., the planes were deemed to be safe and the planes were allowed to taxi down the runway.
The FBI would not comment to Fox 5 News about the incident.
No other details were immediately available.
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