American Airlines confirms ‘potential security issue’ onboard flight

An American Airlines operated American Eagle flight from Indianapolis was deplaned on the LaGuardia Airport runway in New York City upon landing because of a ‘potential security issue’.

Passengers were taken off flight AA4817 and taken to the terminal. A spokesperson for the airline said the ‘aircraft landed safely and all customers deplaned without incident’. 

The plane landed safely just after 3pm. There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members.

American Airlines flight AA4817 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia and deplaned the passengers after a 'potential security issue'. A video posted to Twitter showed the aftermath where a man lying face down on the tarmac with two firefighters standing over him

American Airlines flight AA4817 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia and deplaned the passengers after a 'potential security issue'. A video posted to Twitter showed the aftermath where a man lying face down on the tarmac with two firefighters standing over him

American Airlines flight AA4817 made an emergency landing at LaGuardia and deplaned the passengers after a ‘potential security issue’. A video posted to Twitter showed the aftermath where a man lying face down on the tarmac with two firefighters standing over him

Firefighters held the man down as a woman yelled: 'Get back! Get back!'

Firefighters held the man down as a woman yelled: 'Get back! Get back!'

Off-camera passengers then said: 'Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!' as they backed away from the man

Off-camera passengers then said: 'Let's go! Let's go! Let's go!' as they backed away from the man

Firefighters held the man down as a woman yelled: ‘Get back! Get back!’ Off-camera passengers then said: ‘Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!’ as they backed away from the man

According to The Sun, the pilot made a call reporting a suspicious passenger and luggage on board but no other details have yet to be released from the airline.

Meanwhile, a video posted to Twitter captioned ‘so the end of our flight got interesting’ showed a man lying face down on the tarmac with two firefighters standing over him. 

A woman then yelled: ‘Get back! Get back!’ and off-camera passengers said: ‘Let’s go! Let’s go! Let’s go!’ as they backed away from the man.

‘We just had to evacuate our airplane,’ a woman named Valeria Falcetta said in another video, which was posted to Instagram.

‘That guy had something,’ she added, showing the face-down man and obviously confused as to why the plane had to make an emergency landing. 

A woman named Valeria Falcetta also took a video from the tarmac and posted it to Instagram. In it, a firefighter told her 'we have a medical emergency' to which she replied: 'It doesn't look like a medical emergency to me. That is not a medical emergency at all'

A woman named Valeria Falcetta also took a video from the tarmac and posted it to Instagram. In it, a firefighter told her 'we have a medical emergency' to which she replied: 'It doesn't look like a medical emergency to me. That is not a medical emergency at all'

A woman named Valeria Falcetta also took a video from the tarmac and posted it to Instagram. In it, a firefighter told her ‘we have a medical emergency’ to which she replied: ‘It doesn’t look like a medical emergency to me. That is not a medical emergency at all’

'That guy had something,' Falcettasaid in the video, showing the man lying on the tarmac

'That guy had something,' Falcettasaid in the video, showing the man lying on the tarmac

‘That guy had something,’ Falcettasaid in the video, showing the man lying on the tarmac

The plane (pictured), which was traveling from Indianapolis, landed safely just after 3pm.

The plane (pictured), which was traveling from Indianapolis, landed safely just after 3pm.

The plane (pictured), which was traveling from Indianapolis, landed safely just after 3pm.

‘Everybody step back right now, get back,’ emergency personnel shouted, to which Falcetta calmly replied: ‘What the hell?’

‘We have a medical emergency,’ a male firefighter said. ‘It doesn’t look like a medical emergency to me,’ Falcetta added.

‘That is not a medical emergency at all,’ she said and an off-camera man can be heard saying: ‘I think someone reported this guy suspicious.’

There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members on flight AA4817

There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members on flight AA4817

 There were no reported injuries to any passengers or crew members on flight AA4817

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