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Hijacking threat on American Airlines flight in San Francisco deemed not credible, source says

August 19, 2010 |  4:48 pm
Officials were preparing Thursday afternoon to release an American Airlines flight that had been grounded at San Francisco International Airport after local police received a call threatening a hijacking, federal authorities said.

Investigators determined that the threat was not credible, a law enforcement source told The Times.

Flight 24 was supposed to depart at 7:30 a.m. for New York City. Authorities with the Transportation Safety Administration were notified of the threat and halted the flight.

"Out of an abundance of caution, TSA requested the plane be moved to a remote location," agency spokeswoman Suzanne Treviño said.

Passengers were removed from the aircraft and interviewed by law enforcement authorities. The plane was checked and no threats to passenger safety were found, Treviño said. "All passengers are safe," she said.

-- Robert J. Lopez