DALLAS—The FBI is investigating a bomb threat on a United Express flight that landed at DFW Airport Friday afternoon. United Express flight 5394 departed from Los Angeles International Airport carrying 66 passengers and crew on board. The Embraer ERJ 145 landed safely just before 3 p.m. at DFW Airport.
The FBI said so far they did not have any suspects.
"The flight attendant came over and said, 'We were going to prepare for an emergency landing,'" said Millie Creasy, a passenger on the flight.
"She said it kind of stuttered like, kind of hesitant," said Matthew Tanel, who was also on the flight.
"You start going through a number of different things. I had my grandson on the plane, and you were wondering, 'I hope everybody gets down safely,' that was it," said passenger Walter Wooden.
"I was obviously concerned that we had an emergency issue that we were going to be dealing with," said passenger Dana Creasy.
"I couldn't see the airport. All I could see is green field, and so I was like, 'Oh Lord, we're getting ready to go into some field.' Then when we got down on the ground, there were just tons of police and firemen," said passenger Cherylyn Witsell.
"We moved the aircraft to a location on the far westside of the airfield where we have an isolated area here at DFW in order to work in situations like this," said David Magana with DFW Airport.
"She told us to all get up orderly, get our stuff, proceed to the front of the aircraft and leave, so we did so," said Dana Creasy.
"Our canine unit then began an inspection of all of the baggage carry-ons and the baggage under the wing in the belly compartment of the aircraft, all of that cleared," said Magana.
"We had to get onto a bus to the training facility way, way off the site there," said Tanel.
"They are being interviewed by the FBI, one-by-one," said Magana.
"Did we notice anything unusual when boarding the plane? Did you notice anything unusual about the flight," said Tanel.
"I asked the flight attendant, point blank, what's going on, and she just told us that someone had written on the bathroom mirror that there was a bomb on board or that there was a potential threat," said Witsel.
"They just said it was enough of a threat to make them think that there could have been a bomb on the plane," said passenger Hannah Connell.
"It was inappropriate for someone to make a threat on a flight," said Millie Creasy.
"Initially you start looking around, thinking, 'Who did it?' Wondering who could possibly have done something so silly," said Witsell.
"I told the FBI that I wish that they would let the passengers know who it is and then close the door," said Wooden.
The incident did shut down one runway at DFW Airport, however, no other flights were affected.