Fort Wayne International evacuated due to ‘threat’


Fort Wayne Police block an entrance to Fort Wayne International Airport on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Fort Wayne International Airport was evacuated while authorities investigate a report of “threat.” It has now been reopened.

The airport said it had received a “potential threat to airport and passenger safety and security.”

Airport Executive Director Scott Hinderman said a tweet was discovered that indicated a bomb was on the next outbound Delta flight. The initial tweet did not seem to be credible, Hinderman said, but airport staff found a bag with “abnormalities” around the same time a passenger on a flight wanted to get off a flight and rebook.

At that point, the Airport Authority evacuated the airport of all passengers and staff, and departure flights were grounded.

The Fort Wayne Police Department’s bomb technicians and a K9 was called in to investigate the bag. Hinderman said the bag never made it onto the flight; it was going through the process of being loaded, he said.

“Hopefully, like a lot of bomb threats, this is an exercise in an abundant of caution,” said Hinderman.

The airport said was it still accepting incoming flights, but passengers were not allowed in the airport terminal. Some were deplaned at the Fort Wayne Aero Center, and others remained on planes, Hinderman said.

Flights to Chicago, Detroit and Myrtle Beach are currently delayed.

Many questions remain unanswered, including what became of the passenger who wanted off the flight and whether that passenger was linked to the bag with “abnormalities.”

Hinderman said he has no memory of a bomb threat that forced an evacuation of the airport in the 14 years he’s been there.

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