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9 Sep, 2015

Flight attendant admits fake bomb threats

Travel incident

A former flight attendant admits he fabricated two bomb threats that resulted in emergency landings in North Dakota and Virginia. While working aboard a flight from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Dickinson, North Dakota, Justin Cox-Server said he found a suspicious bag on board that was beeping. He then notified the flight deck. The captain notified air traffic control, and prepared for an emergency landing, which led to the Dickinson Roosevelt Regional Airport being shut down. When police and the bomb squad investigated the contents of the bag, they found only rolled up towels.

In a previous incident, Cox-Server was flying from Charlottesville, Virginia, to Chicago when he claimed to have found a written threat on the wall of the lavatory stating a bomb was on the plane. The flight was diverted back to Charlottesville. No explosives were found on the plane. The FBI says Cox-Server initially said he was forced to ‘bring the plane down’ by a friend who was extorting him, but later confessed to planting the bag inside the plane and also to fabricating the note, and had “willingly” created the threats. He faces two federal counts: interfering with the operation of a commercial aircraft and communicating false information which endangered the safety of the aircraft. SkyWest:

We have fully supported the investigation into this matter and the individual is no longer employed at SkyWest. The safety and security of our customers and people are our top priority.

22 Apr, 2015

FAA investigates

Makes Statement

FAA looks into the SkyWest emergency landing due to contradictory statements. FAA:

The flight crew reported a pressurization problem and declared an emergency before landing safely. While a SkyWest spokeswoman said one passenger lost consciousness during the flight, the airline disputed news reports that a door had opened on the aircraft [also stating] there was no indication that the plane lost cabin pressure.

Emergency landing

Makes Statement

A flight makes an emergency landing in Buffalo on the way from Chicago to Hartford after a passenger loses consciousness. All aboard are safe and the passenger is being treated at a local hospital.

A SkyWest Airlines flight made an emergency landing in Buffalo, New York, on Wednesday after a passenger passed out and the pilot worried that the cabin had lost air pressure. It turned out to be a medical problem. The flight landed safely in Buffalo, the passenger got medical attention, and accommodations were made for the other 75 passengers.

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