Bomb Threat on Hawaiian Airlines Flight to Pago Cancelled by Lt Governor

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First respondents and AS Government leaders at the Pago Pago airport EOC.

American Samoa’s Department of Ports Administration confirmed in a public notice that first responders and American Samoa government leaders congregated at the Pago Pago International Airport Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) last night in response to a feared bomb threat on an Hawaiian Airlines transit flight into the Territory.

Hawaiian Airlines flight 465 took-off from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport at 4:27pm yesterday afternoon, scheduled to arrive into Pago Pago International Airport at 10:22pm last night.

It is unclear how American Samoa authorities came to determine that there was a bomb threat but the country had fully mobilised its National Emergency protocols.

Officials at the Pago Pago airport Emergency Operation Centre.

Prior to its arrival the airport was shut down for almost two hours as Acting Port Director Chris King and Airport Manager Tavita Fuimaono led an emergency response meeting that included a full roundtable of American Samoa first respondant officials.

A Department of Port Administration public notice confirmed that the officals incldued, “AS Homeland Security, Hawaiian Airlines, TSA, ARFF, DOH EPRD, Immigration, Customs K9, Public Safety and Agriculture”.

AS mobilised its emergency protocols.

The Leutenant Governor of American Samoa called off the bomb threat after inspections by Federal agents.

The flight arrived as scheduled into Pago Pago International Airport without incident.

The Department of Ports Administration then issued a second notice, “We want to inform you all the situation has been contained and the Bomb Threat has been officially canceled by Honorable Lt. Governor Lemanu P. Mauga;
“Our HAL 465 travelers arrived safety and PPG operations are back to normal”.
“May the Almighty continue to protect our people and travelers in transit to PPG. Thank You for all your prayers!”.
First respondents and AS Government leaders at the Pago Pago airport Emergency OOperations Centre.