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Swiss International Air Lines flight missing $1.2 million, FBI says

An aerial view of Kennedy Airport. (April 15,

An aerial view of Kennedy Airport. (April 15, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

About $1.2 million in cash vanished from a Swiss International Air Lines jet this weekend, as officials discovered the money was missing once the aircraft landed at Kennedy Airport, the FBI said Tuesday.

Flight 17 from Zurich to New York was carrying about $93 million in $100 bills headed to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald told amNewYork.

But after the plane landed at Kennedy Airport, workers noticed the haul was light about $1.2 million, the FBI said.

The FBI is unsure whether the money was lifted after the jet landed New York or before it took off from Zurich, and the agency said the investigation is ongoing.

"We're not sure where the money was taken from," Donald said.

The airline didn't return calls for comment from amNewYork, but told WCBS-TV that it had "no indication" anything was taken from its aircraft.

The Port Authority, the airport's operator, said it could not comment because of the ongoing investigation.

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