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American Airlines flight diverted from tarmac due to bomb threat determined to be not credible: FBI

FBI officials said a bomb threat that diverted an American Airlines flight off the tarmac at El Paso International Airport on Friday was not credible.

An American Airlines flight was diverted off the tarmac Friday in El Paso, Texas, before take-off due to a bomb threat, but law enforcement nows says the threat was not credible.

An FBI official told local station KVIA-TV that passengers on American Airlines Flight 2051 were not in danger following receipt of a bomb threat.

"While an assessment is always conducted following receipt of a threat, there is no known credible threat to the aircraft or passengers at this time," said Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Downey on Friday.

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Officials at El Paso International Airport and the FBI office in El Paso to several precautionary measures after the threat was received, Downey said.

The flight eventually departed en route to Chicago O'Hare International airport at 5:01 p.m. MST Friday, KVIA reported.

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American Airlines Flight 2051 arrived safely, albeit five hours late, in Chicago at 8:56 p.m. CST Friday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware. 

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A flight with the same tracking number is scheduled to depart O'Hare International at 9:30 a.m. CST Saturday.

American Airlines did not immediately respond to a request for additional information from FOX Business. 

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