Authorities Probe "Questionable Shipments" on 3 UPS Planes at Newark, Philly Airports | NBC Connecticut

Authorities Probe "Questionable Shipments" on 3 UPS Planes at Newark, Philly Airports

Bomb squad responds to suspected explosive device on a UPS truck in Queens

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    (Published Thursday, March 31, 2011)

    Authorities are investigating reports of "questionable shipments" on a UPS plane that landed at Newark Airport this morning, according to a UPS spokesperson, and the bomb squad has responded to a suspected explosive device on a UPS truck in Long Island City, Queens, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.

    The UPS spokesperson also said there are two UPS planes with "questionable shipments" that are being investigated at Philadelphia Airport and said the company was working with authorities.

    Browne did not have further information on the Queens investigation and declined to comment on whether the case could be connected to the ongoing situations in Philly and Newark.

    A source familiar with the investigation says the packages from the UPS plane at Newark Airport have been taken off the flight. A ground search of the ramp is underway to make sure there's no bomb in those packages. Chopper video shows an isolated UPS plane on the tarmac surrounded by emergency vehicles.
     
    As for the situation in Philly, another source says it's unclear at this point whether the threat is real or a hoax. The search is ongoing.

    Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman Kristin Lee says the planes landed safely at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia international airports. The planes have been moved to a remote location so law enforcement officials can investigate.

    "The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is aware of and monitoring reports of potentially suspicious items onboard cargo flights that landed safely at Newark Liberty and Philadelphia International airports," the agency said in a statement. "Out of an abundance of caution the planes were moved to a remote location where they are being met by law enforcement officials and swept."

    Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says Philadelphia police and other agencies are with the plane at a remote part of that airport. Video from the airport shows emergency vehicles around a UPS jet.

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