Air France flight to New York's JFK airport escorted by US fighter jets after threat: Report

Air France Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was being escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy airport after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, New York's WABC television reported on Monday. -- PHOTO:
Air France Flight 22 from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris was being escorted by U.S. fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy airport after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, New York's WABC television reported on Monday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (Reuters/AFP) - An Air France flight from Paris to New York was escorted by US fighter jets to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, according to ABC News.

Flight AF022 landed at JFK airport without incident and was later taken to a special area of the airport for a security check, an Air France official in Paris said.

Two US Air Force F-15 fighters were launched as precautionary measures to monitor the flight as it returned to New York, said Navy Lieutenant Commander Richlyn Ivey, a spokeswoman for US North American Aerospace Defense Command and US Northern Command.

The anonymous threatening call was made to a Maryland State Police barrack on Monday morning, police said.

"The caller made a bomb threat involving commercial aviation," Maryland State Police said in a statement.

Citing an unnamed senior US official, ABC News said the caller made a chemical weapons threat on board the plane.

ABC said the threat was not considered credible.

Representatives of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the FBI, which were handling the investigation, were not available for comment. Air France also could not be reached for comment.

The US military spokeswoman said the command had not received information about any additional threats against commercial airliners.

She also declined to identify which military base dispatched the jets, citing security concerns, but said the jets had returned to the base after plane landed safely.

The incident came as the United States marked its Memorial Day holiday.