Cruz grills FAA leader, plays video animation of Austin airport close call: ‘How can this happen?’
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questioned acting Federal Aviation Administrator Billy Nolen Wednesday during a hearing on a recent close call at the Austin airport, and played a video reproduction based on flight records.
An American Airlines flight was diverted off the tarmac Friday in El Paso, Texas, before take-off due to a bomb threat, but law enforcement nows says the threat was not credible.
An FBI official told local station KVIA-TV that passengers on American Airlines Flight 2051 were not in danger following receipt of a bomb threat.
"While an assessment is always conducted following receipt of a threat, there is no known credible threat to the aircraft or passengers at this time," said Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Downey on Friday.
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