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MONROE, La. -

UPDATE: The Monroe Regional Airport is back open for business following a suspicious note being found on a plane arriving from Dallas.

Several passengers onboard the flight say the crew was very professional and they say they had no knowledge of the possible bomb threat until they had landed in Monroe.

Police Chief Quentin Holmes says all passengers were cleared and allowed to leave the airport after being searched. But, he would not specify if there was someone actually on the plane who was responsible for the alleged bomb threat note. Several passengers tell KNOE 8 News they had to provide a sample of their handwriting to be compared with the note.

Holmes says planes are now departing and flying into Monroe Regional as of 1:30 P.M.

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UPDATE: All flights going into Monroe have been diverted to Jackson, Mississippi while crews deal with an alleged bomb threat note found on a plane arriving from Dallas.

At this time, no flights are arriving or departing the airport (11:30a). The terminal is open, but no passengers are being checked in at this time.

Emergency crews are working to get passengers off the American Eagle flight. The plane is in an isolated area away from the airport terminal. There were 18-20 passengers on the plane.

Officials now confirm there was an actual note indicating a bomb threat on board the plane.

Here's official statement from American Airlines:

"American Eagle Flight 3648 from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Monroe, La. (MLU), landed safely this morning at MLU. An emergency was declared prior to landing due to a suspicious note found onboard the aircraft. Flight 3648 departed DFW at 9:18 a.m. and landed at MLU at 10:29 a.m. The aircraft, an Embraer 140 with 15 passengers and three crew members, is currently parked in a remote area at MLU. Additional information should come from law enforcement."


Previous report:

KNOE is reporting a possible bomb threat aboard an American Eagle flight that just landed in Monroe.

Monroe Regional Airport Director Ron Phillips says that airport officials received word from the FAA operating at the Monroe Regional Airport Tower that a "bomb threat" note was found aboard American Eagle Flight #3648, which was inbound from Dallas, TX and scheduled to arrive at 10:26 am.

The FBI, NTSB and other Emergency Response crews have been notified and are at the Monroe Regional Airport.

The plane has landed and is isolated on the East side of the airfield. Emergency Response and Monroe Regional Airport officials will undergo their necessary protocols in regard to the personnel and traveler safety, examining the plane, and handling passengers & the flight crew.

Stay with KTBS 3 News for updates as information becomes available.

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