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Bomb Threat Forces Evacuation Of Oakland Flight

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Passengers evacuated from an Alaska Airlines flight at Oakland Airport (CBS)

Passengers evacuated from an Alaska Airlines flight at Oakland Airport (CBS)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) – An Alaska Airlines jet made an emergency landing at Oakland International Airport shortly before 8 a.m. Monday morning because of a security issue.

Oakland Airport officials told KCBS that Alaska Airlines Flight 342 from Seattle landed safely at the airport around 7:50 a.m. It was originally scheduled to arrive at 8:13.

Oakland International Airport spokeswoman Joanne Holloway said someone gave a handwritten note about a bomb aboard Alaska Airlines Flight 342 to a representative at nearby San Francisco International Airport. Officials there contacted authorities.

The plane landed without incident and was immediately moved to an isolated area where the 132 passengers and crew were deplaned, taken to a holding area and re-screened, Oakland airport spokeswoman Joanne Holloway said.

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and the Transportation Security Administration found no signs of a bomb on the plane or in the luggage, Holloway said.

The passengers and crew were cleared and allowed to return to the plane to retrieve carry-on items, she said.

The FBI and the TSA are investigating the threat.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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