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Bomb threat delays United Express flight at JFK Airport

The first United Airlines flight from Chicago is

The first United Airlines flight from Chicago is welcomed by water cannons after landing at Atlantic City International Airport in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Tuesday April 1, 2014. A flight headed to Washington, D.C. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from Kennedy Airport in Queens was delayed after a bomb threat. Credit: AP / Michael Ein

A United Express flight bound for Washington, D.C. was evacuated before it pushed off Wednesday evening because of a bomb threat, the Port Authority said.

Before departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport about 7:40 p.m., Flight 5714 was deplaned and its luggage rescreened as officials responded to the threat. Port Authority and airline officials could not say late Wednesday night where the bomb threat originated.

A Port Authority spokesman said the plane was detained and searched by the FBI. About an hour later, no evidence of a bomb was found. The plane was re-boarded and departed Kennedy Airport about 9:45 p.m., authorities said.

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