PHILADELPHIA — A US Airways flight to Dallas was called back to Philadelphia on Thursday morning and surrounded by police after law enforcement officials received an anonymous tip that liquid explosives were on board, an FBI spokesman said.
Special Agent Frank Burton said it wasn't immediately clear if the tip that led to the recall of Flight 1267 involved a specific person or a specific flight.
Transportation Security Administration spokesman Dave Castelveter said the airplane returned "due to a report of a suspicious item on board."
Video from TV stations showed law enforcement officials removing a person from the flight and police dogs on the tarmac at Philadelphia International Airport. Passengers were bused away as a slew of law enforcement vehicles surrounded the aircraft.
The airplane bound for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had 69 passengers and five crew members on board, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. It left Philadelphia around 8 a.m. and returned in less than an hour, she said. The jet was over central Pennsylvania when it turned around, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware.
No other flights were affected, Lupica said.
US Airways did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment. Philadelphia police referred all calls to the FBI.
Police: Man imprisoned disabled victim in home
PHILADELPHIA — Police have charged a Philadelphia man with imprisoning a deaf and mute victim so he could steal his Social Security checks.
Investigators say 56-year-old Dwayne Young kept the man locked in a basement for four months while cashing his benefit checks.
Capt. Laurence Nodiff says Young threatened 63-year-old William Richardson into signing the checks. Nodiff says police are investigating whether Young had committed similar acts before against his common-law wife, who died in March.
Police who raided Young's home on Sunday found Richardson locked in a basement. Investigators say Young kidnapped Richardson in April near where he worked as a handyman in South Philadelphia.
Young was arraigned Wednesday and held on $1 million bail. Court records don't list an attorney for him.
Pittsburgh father finds teen son's body in bushes
PITTSBURGH — A Pittsburgh family is mourning the death of a teenage boy whose body was found along railroad tracks after he failed to show up for school.
Police say 17-year-old Elijah Washington had suffered multiple gunshot wounds before his body was found Wednesday by his father and older brother.
The teen's body was found in some bushes beneath a bridge spanning the tracks.
The victim's father, Marvin Washington, says an acquaintance of his younger son called his older son to say he was among a group of people who'd been shot at Tuesday night. When Marvin Washington called his son's school and learned he wasn't there, he began searching.
Homicide detectives are conducting interviews but police say they have made no arrests.
Bible college halts building name plan
CLARKS SUMMIT — A Baptist college in northeastern Pennsylvania is suspending a plan to name a new building after a former administrator amid concerns over his handling of a child sex abuse investigation.
Baptist Bible College and Seminary had planned to name a new athletics center for the late Wendell Kempton, a graduate and administrator who was the president of the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism in Harrisburg for 30 years.
But The Times-Tribune of Scranton reports the college put that plan on hold after learning the religious group was investigating the handling of sex abuse involving a missionary in Bangladesh in the 1980s.
ABWE said in a May update that organizational leaders made "unwise and unacceptable" decisions involving the missionary, including not alerting authorities.