Days after this blog *** first reported the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $227,500 civil penalty against AmplaChem, Inc. of Carmel, Ind., for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations; New York area airports have been hit with a rash of anonymous reports of international arrivals carrying chemical weapons, with fighter jets scrambling, in one instance, to escort an Air France plane into JFK, law enforcement sources said.
Air France Flight 22, which originated from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, was immediately taken to a secure area of the airport called the “hijack site”, law enforcement sources told the New York Post.
Air France Newsroom
The flight, with 165 passengers and 11 crew members on board, landed shortly after 10am Monday (midnight Tuesday AEST). It was taken to a secure area out of the public’s view.
All cargo was removed first, before the passengers were evacuated and taken to a secure area where they’ll be told more information about these unplanned safety precautions, sources said.
Maryland state police received an anonymous tip that there was a “chemical weapons threat” on board the Airbus 330-200, ABC in the US reported.
*** The FAA alleges that on April 10, 2013, AmplaChem knowingly offered an undeclared hazardous material shipment to FedEx for air transport from Carmel, USA to Vietnam. The shipment included Boron Tribromide, a corrosive material and toxic inhalation hazard that is forbidden from being transported aboard any commercial aircraft, and two other corrosive substances.
In addition New York's WNBC television is reporting that a threat had been made against a separate American Airlines flight heading towards to JFK Airport, but that threat was deemed not credible and the flight was cleared.
That report also said an Saudi Arabian Airlines flight was being examined due to an unspecified threat, and that in addition threats had been made against three other flights at Newark Liberty International Airport New York.
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