Crews investigate incident at KCI

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - American Airlines Flight 4222 from Chicago’s O’Hare airport to Kansas City International Airport needed emergency assistance just after 10 p.m. Thursday after crews called in that a suitcase did not match up with a passenger.

Airport spokesman Joe McBride says the flight, an Embraer 175 with regular service from Chicago, was in normal flight when a man who missed his flight made a comment that authorities perceived to be a threat, according to FBI Spokeswoman Bridget Patton.

The plane landed without incident, but McBride said the plane was taken to a remote location of the airport while authorities, including the Kansas City, Mo. Police Department, searched the aircraft.

One passenger who said he was on the plane tweeted to 41 Action News that passengers had to leave their belongings on the flight before boarding a bus heading for the terminal.

There were no reports of injuries.

Republic Airlines was operating the flight. It issued this statement: "In response to a possible security issue, Republic Airlines flight 4222, operating as American Eagle from Chicago to Kansas City, Missouri, was met by law enforcement and fire department personnel on arrival at Kansas City. After an [sic] normal landing, 63 passengers and four crew members deplaned and were bussed to the terminal and the aircraft is being inspected."

Nothing suspicious was found.

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