American flight diverted to St. Louis checked for bombs

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An American Airlines flight destined for Phoenix was diverted to St. Louis for an unspecified security issue Thursday morning. The stop in St. Louis was not a scheduled stop. Louis Airport, American Airlines flight 534 took off from Columbus, Ohio, and landed in St. Louis after a security issue.

There were 113 passengers and five crew members on the plane at the time of the emergency landing.

Aerial video then showed crews unloading all luggage from the plane and placing the items on the tarmac.

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The plane finally lifted off from Lambert about 2:50 p.m., nearly six hours after it was scheduled to land in Phoenix.

A K-9 is on the plane with a police officer, which is standard protocol. The FBI says the pilot chose to divert the plane, but spokeswoman Rebecca Wu declined to say what specifically led to that decision.

According to Jeff Lea, a spokesperson for Lambert-St. American Airlines says it plans to re-board its passengers and continue to the flight Phoenix shortly. Authorities found no credible security threat.

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