Police bomb and arson officers investigated a suspicious package found on an airplane at O'Hare International Airport this afternoon that turned out to be a training item for the airline involved and passengers were allowed to reboard the flight after about an hour, authorities said.
The item was found on an airplane during an inspection about 2:30 p.m., said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Joshua Purkiss. The plane was given the all-clear about 3:40 p.m. after it was determined to be a "training item," apparently for the airline, according to News Affairs.
The American Eagle flight was at gate G2 when the item was found, and passengers were reboarded following the investigation, said Chicago Department of Aviation spokesman Greg Cunningham.
American Eagle Flight 4141, with 50 passengers, had already been delayed from its original departure time of 12:50 p.m. because the airplane had not arrived in Chicago on time, said American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller. The flight departed at 4:09 p.m., he said.
Miller did not know what the item was.
U.S. Transportation Security Administration spokesman Luis Casanova could only confirm that the incident was over. A statement was to be released later by the agency, he said.
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