DC Airport Closed After 'Warning From God'

Woman said God had told her of bomb on plane
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 20, 2011 1:00 PM CDT
A US Airway plane sits on the tarmac at Reagan National Airport in Washington Sunday, June 19, 2011, surrounded by police and emergency vehicles after the warning.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Yesterday, Washington’s Reagan National Airport shut down for 20 minutes, and today, the cause emerges: A woman drove to the Dayton Airport and told a ticket-counter agent there that God told her there was a bomb on a plane en route to Washington. Authorities found no explosives on US Airways Flight 2596 when it arrived at Reagan, but the scare was enough to briefly close the airport and prompt the FBI to interview the plane’s 44 passengers, the AP reports.

The 54-year-old Kentucky woman “told the ticket-counter agent that the flight had to turn around because there was a bomb on it and people were going to die or something to that effect,” the Dayton Airport’s director tells the Dayton Daily News. The woman suffers from a history of mental illness and was brought to a mental health facility. Her car was searched, but nothing unusual was found. No criminal charges have been filed.

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