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Hoax call prompts JFK Airport investigation

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Two passenger planes were quarantined and investigated for 90 minutes at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Monday afternoon.

Fox 5 News reported that it appeared to be part of a coordinated hoax at airports across the country claiming there were hijackings planned on the flights, according to the Port Authority Police Department.

Someone anonymously called in a threat about an American airlines flight from San Francisco and a FinnAir flight from Helsinki saying there were terrorists hiding in the wheel well.

The planes were moved to a remote area of the airport and police vehicles were around the planes.

The pilot of the American Airlines flight did not appear to know why his plane was being surrounded.

He was overheard asking the control tower, "We're surrounded by emergency vehicles. There is a reason for this. Somebody has got to give us the reason or we're going to evacuate the aircraft."

Fox 5 News reported that air marshals and the FBI boarded the planes to investigate after  stair trucks were driven to the planes. One of the runways was shut down due to the investigation.

Just before 5 p.m. the planes were deemed to be safe and the planes were allowed to taxi down the runway.

American Airlines issued a statement saying: "We generally don't comment on security issues, but our people are trained to work with authorities to thoroughly assess these types of threats - both credible and non-credible. We recommend reaching out to the Port Authority Police Department for additional information."

The FBI would not comment to Fox 5 News about the incident.

No other details were immediately available.

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