Madrid-bound flight from JFK searched, cleared

Updated 12:41 a.m. Eastern

(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Law enforcement officials gave a Madrid-bound Delta flight the all-clear to depart from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport late Thursday night after suspicious items found on the jet sparked a security scare, but were later deemed "non-threatening".

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said earlier that Delta Flight 126 returned to the gate at JFK and evacuated after a report of a suspicious device aboard. The flight took off at 8 p.m. and it landed around 10 p.m.

Authorities say wires were found in the lavatory that apparently did not belong to the plane. Earlier, a source familiar with the incident told CBS News that a "suspicious device with wires" was discovered in one of the bathrooms.

"The plane taxied to a remote location where passengers were escorted off the plane. The aircraft was searched with negative results," according to a statement released by the Transport Security Administration after the scare.

Agents from the FBI and New York Police Department questioned some crew and passengers, officials tell WCBS, but there were no arrests and no one was in custody following the incident.


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