2nd Air France plane diverted due to bomb threat

Posted at 9:28 PM, Nov 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 00:23:28-05

Shortly after an Air France flight from LAX to Paris was diverted to Salt Lake City Tuesday night, officials received another bomb threat for a separate Air France flight.

Air France Flight 55 from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris was diverted to an airport in Halifax, Nova Scotia — also due to a bomb threat, a government source said.

“Several law enforcement agencies are working to determine the nature of the threats which caused the aircraft to divert,” FBI Special Agent Todd Palmer of the Salt Lake City division said.

No U.S. military aircraft were scrambled in either of the reported Air France incidents, NORAD spokesman Preston Schlachter said.

“Diversion of flights are the most draconian response to a bomb threat,” CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said. “I think right now we take this seriously until we hear some explanation to the validity of the bomb threat.”