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Two Delta flights detained over security concerns

Both international flights land safely and resume service


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(CNN) -- Two Delta Airlines international flights were briefly the subject of security concerns Friday, but both planes landed without incident at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, federal officials said.

A caller said Delta Flight 119 -- headed from Mumbai, India, to New York via Paris, France -- had hijackers aboard, an official with the Transportation Security Administration said.

Officials could not say who received the threat.

Law enforcement sources said someone on Flight 119 was questioned and released. Flight 119 carried 162 passengers and 11 crew members, Delta said in a news release.

Some threat information had developed over the past week regarding Delta flights originating overseas, the FBI said.

Delta Flight 81 -- with 171 passengers and 10 crew members flying from Amsterdam, Netherlands, to JFK -- was treated as an emergency, the TSA official said, although the reason for the emergency was unclear.

The two planes were taken to remote locations at JFK, officials said.

Delta said the two flights arrived "without incident" and both were "momentarily held back from the gate" due to TSA instructions.

Both were cleared by the TSA, "deplaned normally," and resumed scheduled service, the statement said.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command did not send jets to escort the flights, said spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Sean Kelly. "The situation didn't warrant it," he said.

He said one of the flights landed just before 1:30 p.m.; the other, shortly after.

Police and other security personnel questioned the pilots of both flights, who indicated there were no problems on board and flight operations were normal, Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said.

Nothing unusual was found on board the planes, a Port Authority official said.


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