Plane briefly detained in NC after suspicious note found on board

A U.S. Airways jet was stopped at the Charlotte airport on Monday because a suspicious note was found on board. The plane went back into service shortly afterward after it was inspected. WCNC

A US Airways plane was detained at a North Carolina airport on Monday after a suspicious note was found on board, airport and airline officials said. The plane was cleared to continue into service after a security sweep. 

The US Airways flight from Buffalo, N.Y., landed safely at Charlotte Douglas International Airport at 1:40 p.m. It was then moved to a remote part of the airport for security purposes in order to be inspected, according to a US Airways spokesperson.

F.B.I. officials responded to the scene, which is standard procedure, an FBI Public Affairs Specialist told the NBC station in Charlotte, WCNC.

The passengers were transferred from the plane to buses and the Airbus A319 aircraft was swept with the help of a K-9 officer, a government official told NBC News.

The 124 passengers and five crew members were supposed to be transported to the terminal, but shortly afterward they were loaded onto the buses, they were led back onto the inspected plane in order to be dropped off at the gate, according to a US Airways statement.

Operations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport were not affected by the incident, and US Airways is working with passengers who may have missed connecting flights, an airline official said.

Officials did not disclose what the suspicious note said, or where it ended up.

Jay Blackman contributed to this report.