UPDATE 6 p.m. — Initial news reports indicated that the plane received an escort from fighter jets, but Michael Kucharek, spokesman for North American Aerospace Defense Command said in a telephone interview that the reports were erroneous.
“There was no intercept nor an escort,” Kucharek said. “We monitored from the air.”
ORIGINAL POST A Southwest Airlines plane from Los Angeles to Austin made an emergency landing in Phoenix on Monday afternoon escorted by fighter jets.
In a statement, officials with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport said the plane was diverted because of a “possible threat.” Assistance from Phoenix police was requested.
The flight was Southwest flight 2675.
We received the statement below from Southwest at around 4:30 p.m. PDT.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the captain of Southwest Airlines flight 2675, en route from Los Angeles to Austin, safely landed in Phoenix to look into a possible security threat. The 143 Customers are being deplaned via airstairs and we will accommodate them on their way to AUS as soon as possible.”