Passengers evacuated from Mexico City-bound plane for 'security concern': PD

Posted: 10:13 PM, Oct 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-25 00:31:18-04

Passengers were evacuated Wednesday from a Mexico City-bound plane out of Miami International Airport as police investigated a security concern related to the flight, authorities said.

American Airlines flight 257 was scheduled for an initial departure of 6:50 p.m. from Miami. Passengers said Miami-Dade police swarmed the aircraft after some travelers got a text message or AirDrop with a security scare.

Multiple people on flight 257 told NBC 6 they were forced into a quarantined section of the airport and had their phones searched by police.

Authorities deemed the threat not credible, and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department gave the "all clear" just around 9:30 p.m. and said the flight will prepare for departure.

Passengers, however, told NBC 6 the flight was delayed another five hours by late Wednesday night. It's unclear why at this time.

Photos and video from the scene show multiple police units on the tarmac and officers and K-9 units surrounding the waiting passengers.

Story courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami