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No bomb found on cargo plane after threat prompts brief closure of Anchorage airport

A China Airlines cargo plane lands on runway 7R while another China Airlines cargo plane is unloaded at the end of a taxiway near the end of runway 7L at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday, May 2, 2020. The airport has reopened after the report of a bomb on a cargo flight prompted its diversion to Anchorage on Saturday and a brief closure of the airport. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

A report of a bomb on a cargo flight bound for Asia prompted its diversion to Anchorage on Saturday morning, briefly closing Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

No explosive device was found on the plane, FBI Special Agent Steve Forrest with the Anchorage Field Office said in a statement.

The China Air cargo plane was diverted to Anchorage’s international airport after taking off from Seattle. It was headed to Taipei, Taiwan, Forrest said.

The threat was called into the Port of Seattle, Forrest said, and investigators are still trying to discern the source of the threat.

“The FBI does not believe there is any continuing threat to our community as a result of this incident,” Forrest said.

The airport had briefly closed to inbound flights during the incident.

The plane was “searched in a secure, remote section of the airport,” the airport said in a Facebook post.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) is currently closed to inbound flights due to a report of a security...

Posted by Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday, May 2, 2020

Officers from the FBI, the Anchorage Airport Police and Fire Department and the Anchorage Police Department were on scene Saturday morning, the airport said.

Flights that were set to arrive at Anchorage’s international airport during the closure had the option of diverting to Fairbanks International Airport instead.

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