Suspicious note on Logan-bound Virgin Atlantic flight mentions bomb; passengers, plane searched

A suspicious note that mentioned a bomb was found on an international flight that landed in Boston tonight, prompting law enforcement officials to search the airplane, its 200 passengers and 16 crew members when they arrived at Logan Airport, State Police said.

The flight arrived in Boston without incident at around 6 p.m., and nothing was found by State Police with K-9 units and FBI agents who searched the aircraft, and airport security staff who screened the bags of the passengers and crew, Logan Airport spokesman Phil Orlandella said.

The note was found in the bathroom of Virgin Atlantic Airways Flight 11, which departed from Heathrow Airport in London, said Trooper Thomas Murphy, a spokesman for the Massachusetts State Police.


Murphy said that authorities did not believe the implied threat of a bomb to be credible, but added “they are investigating.’’ He declined to further describe the note and what it said, other than that it mentioned a bomb.

The Associated Press reported the note was found by a flight attendant and also mentioned the date Nov. 11, details that Trooper Murphy and airport officials said they were unable to confirm.

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