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Bomb threat diverts Dulles plane

2:10 p.m. Update: Flight 3006 was operated by regional carrier ExpressJet for Continental Airlines, the TSA said.

The Embraer 145 regional jet carried 45 passengers and three crew members, Continental and ExpressJet said.

FBI agents and local police were on the scene of the parked jet and information about arrests or whether passengers were questioned would come from those agencies, TSA spokesman Greg Soule said. An FBI spokeswoman in Charlotte did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

"Continental and ExpressJet are cooperating with local authorities," Continental spokeswoman Christen David said.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority said the agency had no information on the flight.

-- Staff and wire reports

Were you awaiting the arrival of Flight 3006? E-mail us at transportation@washpost.com.

12:44 p.m. Update: The Transportation Security Administration confirmed in a statement that Continental Flight 3006 is the flight under investigation.

The statement says a threatening message was written on a lavatory mirror. The passengers are being interviewed by law enforcement, the TSA said.

12:35 p.m. Update: The Dulles arrivals board on the airport's Web site currently lists Continental Flight 3006 from Houston as being delayed. The flight was scheduled to arrive at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. It is the only Continental flight currently listed as originating in Houston Thursday.

-- Staff reports

Original post: The Greensboro News & Record (North Carolina) is reporting that a Continental Airlines plane bound for Dulles from Houston was diverted to the Piedmont Triad International Airport about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday.

A spokesman for the airport told the paper that a threat had been found written on a mirror

The plane was carrying about 45 people and is currently parked on a runway. Roads around the area have been blocked off, the newspaper reports, and passengers are being moved to the airport fire station.

More details to come soon.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 28, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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