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Loose panel caused concern on jet

The FBI has released more details about an incident Thursday night where a passenger on a jet inbound to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was interviewed by authorities.

FBI spokesman Rich Wolf says the man was questioned Thursday after an attendant on the flight from Newark, N.J., noticed that a panel in the plane's restroom was ajar. The man had been the last to use the restroom.

BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean says the captain on Flight 2699 operated by ExpressJet Airlines declared a precautionary alert and the regional jet Embraer-145 landed safely.

Wolf says the man was cooperative. He was released Thursday night and no charges were filed. Wolf says officials believe luggage may have knocked the panel loose.

-- Associated Press

By Michael Bolden  |  May 7, 2010; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Airports  
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